“I believed that Honda has made a massive step forward.
“If you examine the speed trace, it seems that a very different Red Bull compared to before. They’re very fast on the straights and that is excellent to find out.
“We need them at the combination and you WISh to have a significant struggle. Max had been driving the car in a spectacular way again today and actually thrown every straight out from the vehicle.
“when they are in the mix with Ferrari, and perhaps many others, it’s just what the sport needs. We adopt the challenge.”
Verstappen has been encouraged by his team’s new engine partner and said during pre-season testing he had felt a gap in comparison to Renault.
That positivity has continued in Australia, with Verstappen asserting the engine achieved”well”, and he had been”really pleased with this”.
“We will discover tomorrow needless to say how competitive we are [with respect to power] but it just seems very eloquent, we are working well together,” explained Verstappen.
“I obviously do not have a thing to complain to them, they truly are working really hard and really focused.
“No issues, and it offers you a positive feeling, and enjoyment as well, while driving.”
“The unexpected thing for everybody is how quick Mercedes are, even to themselves,” Horner told Motorsport.com.
“I think they’re a little shocked. Now, whether that is specific to this, over a variance of circuits we’ll get to see.”