But when asked by Motorsport.com roughly ’s encouragement from splitting the s and whether he expected to see as more of a hazard, Wolff explained:

“I believed that has made a massive step forward.

“If you examine the speed trace, it seems that a very different 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 h 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 , 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 .

That positivity has continued in , 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.”

team principal said that it had been a”good start” to split the s at the very first effort.

“The unexpected thing for everybody is how quick 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.”


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