Max Verstappen believes that Red Bull’s form “cannot be worse” than what they showed at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Verstappen made the podium in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, and even though he followed that up with P4 at the Bahrain International Circuit, he wants to see a marked improvement in performance come China.
Speaking to Motorsport.com after testing the RB15 in Bahrain, he said: “It cannot be worse than what we showed here.
“Also, we made some mistakes I think in terms of set-up. I think if you look back to Australia, we were actually quite happy.
“Of course it was still 20 seconds to Valtteri [Bottas, race winner], but in that race I couldn’t go and push like I wanted to because basically I was always held up by a car.
“I think we can do a lot better than what we showed so far.”
Despite it being a rain-soaked testing session for Verstappen, he believes Red Bull are already understanding the problems they have.
“You always want more downforce,” said Verstappen. “It’s also about how you can balance it and clearly we did something wrong during the weekend.
“We did a good amount of laps to understand what went wrong on the weekend.
“I think we learned a lot from it already, so in that way I think it’s very positive.
“We don’t have that many days anyway to understand the car, during the weekend it all goes that quick.
“Just always doing one and a half hour sessions [in Friday practice] is not amazing, doing a day like this is very helpful.”