Max Verstappen declared himself happy with Red Bull’s opening showing at pre-season testing in Barcelona.
Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari have become the main headline from the first day of running at the Circuit de Catalunya, topping both the timesheet and the mileage charts.
Mercedes quietly went about their business, with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton racking up 150 laps between them.
But hopefully another title contender in Red Bull are also off to a good start with their Honda-powered RB15 as Verstappen, in P4, posted 128 laps without any major hitches.
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“So far so good,” Verstappen simply stated back in the paddock area.
“Everything was working quite well, we did quite a lot of laps. I’m happy about that but it’s still the first day.
“We’re happy and we’ll keep improving. Like everyone else we still need to learn the car, still need to learn the engine.”
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was also positive about the team’s opening day of work.
“It’s running well at the moment,” Horner said.
“It’s been running problem-free. We’re just learning about the engine, the procedures, how it works compared to what we’ve had previously.
“It’s a very good starting point. The installation looks great, it’s beautifully integrated into the car and we’re hopefully going to see exciting progress through the year.”
Verstappen will be handing the keys over to Pierre Gasly on Tuesday, looking post similar stats to the Dutchman in his first official running with the senior team.