switched to power for 2019 after 12 seasons partnered with , but its quartet of titles with the French manufacturer from 2010-2013 gave way to five years of difficulty in the V6 turbo-hybrid era.

has powered Verstappen to two wins so far in 2019 and had an exemplary reliability record, but the 21-year-old says that progress has also had an additional benefit for .

“Yes we did have mechanical failures from the car and not the power unit last year, but they also came because we never had the reliability to test up to the limit,” said Verstappen.

is spending so much time on the dyno and then we also find out our limits from the parts on the car, so we never had that before.

“You never had an idea if your car was strong enough or not and you only found that out from retiring, so the whole preparation before you get into a season is so much better.

“The car and the power unit are very reliable.”

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Verstappen has completed every grand prix this season and not finished lower than fifth, something no other driver has managed this yer.

“Everything is open, we fully work together and we try to help them, they try to help us in how to do things better, so we are fully committed to each other,” said Verstappen’s of ’s relationship with .

“They are winners, we are winners, we all want to win together, so we want to always get the best out of it.”

trails by 44 points in the constructors’ championship despite Verstappen being third in the drivers’ contest.

That is because is struggling in the second and only has 63 points to Verstappen’s 181.

However, Verstappen is not sure has truly overtaken as the second-best team in F1 at the moment, despite impressive form in the last few grands prix.

“We just seem to execute the weekend better than them and bring the results back,” said Verstappen.

“But they are still very fast, some tracks a bit faster than other tracks – with longer straights of course they seem very dominant.

“It is still not very clear where we are: second or third. One thing is for sure, is still ahead and that is what we have to target.”


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