Max Verstappen claims the Red Bull team has many issues left to resolve despite their improved performance and back-to-back wins in Italy and in Miami last weekend.
The Dutch driver has his eye on the title once again this season and says if they’re to beat the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc they need to make the RB18 ‘more reliable.’
Despite how fast the Red Bull seems on track recently, Verstappen says he’s concerned over the team’s reliability issues citing a ‘terrible’ practice session on Friday, during which he suffered a hydraulic leak.
Speaking after the race, the 24-year-old said: “We’re still having a few issues we have to solve.
“We are quick, but my Friday was terrible… which is not great if you want to have a good weekend.
“And also Checo had a few issues in the race, so we have to be on top of that. But clearly there is a lot of potential, we just need to make sure it’s reliable.”
Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Verstappen said he expects the remainder of his 2022 season to be “even better” and said: “We have to make sure these things don’t happen… of course, we are working on them flat out.”
However, he remains cautiously confident and says that Red Bull “cannot afford” to suffer more issues if they are going to close the gap to Ferrari enough to be in a position to fight for the title in the final leg of the season.
“We just have to nail down a really positive weekend without issues,” he continued.
“I think of course, Imola, we had that, but it’s still a bit of a hit and miss too much. So we just have to make sure that we are more reliable and more on top of things.
“But as you can see the car is quick. I’m very happy about that, I mean, if you would be slow and reliable, that’s probably also not a good thing!”