Red Bull tired after strong Mercedes showing on Friday

Aubrey Yates
March 15, 2019

Mercedes struggled to find a suitable vehicle balance in the opening week and while the team's fortunes appeared to improve with a raft of aerodynamic updates introduced for week two, Hamilton suggested that the gap to Ferrari was "potentially half a second" after the final day of pre-season testing.

Valtteri Bottas was fifth in the second Mercedes, with his session including running off the road at the penultimate corner.

"Max got quite a bit of traffic on his fast laps so I think there's quite a bit of potential there, there's more set up changes to come and we don't know what fuel loads people are running but looks interesting. We have work to do".

Red Bull finished 236 points behind champions Mercedes last season, the team only winning four races across the year.

Max Verstappen:

Based on previous years, it is expected that Ferrari will also introduce new parts to the vehicle this weekend. The British-born driver broke his car's front wing, although was able to drive back to the team's pit box.

"I'm quite happy about today and the feeling so far is pretty good", said Verstappen.

Verstappen's early pace in the new Red Bull-Honda also gives the new partnership encouragement heading into the remainder of the weekend.

Verstappen offered a positive feedback after his first day of work, but admitted it was all still a work in progress. So, everyone takes a step after testing. It wears and then you go away, you analyse where you've been.

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