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Verstappen: We have the best car

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20/09/2018

Already struggling for power, Max Verstappen's cause in Singapore was not helped by the erratic actions of his engine, which at times appeared to have a mind of its own.

At one stage during FP3, when asked for feedback, the youngster huffily replied: "The product in the back of this car is not working as it should do", subsequently gesticulating at a hapless Marcus Ericsson amidst his growing frustration.

On Sunday however, a masterful drive, along with a strategic disaster from Ferrari, saw Verstappen finish a strong second, the youngster almost taking a surprise win courtesy of some errant backmarkers.

Speaking at the opening of a new Jumbo supermarket in the Netherlands - a personal sponsor of the youngster - Verstappen declared the Red Bull to be the class of the field.

"I think we have the best car in the field, as we found out in Singapore," he said. "Of course we hope that next year with a new engine supplier it will continue in the right direction.

"We already have the right people on board, but the whole package is not yet right," he admitted. "That will also be difficult next year, but I hope we will have a real chance the following year."

A fierce critic of the Renault engine, even though it has powered Red Bull - and thereby him - to all its wins, when asked why he has confidence in Honda even though the Japanese manufacturer has yet to fully convince, Verstappen replied: "First of all because of the budget they have, which is many times bigger than that of our current engine supplier. Furthermore, they just go in the right direction, also in terms of test bench results. Moreover, they really, really want to win.

"We already have the mentality to want to win in the team," he added. "But now the other side, the engine, still has to be done and we will certainly get that next year."

The new Jumbo Food Markt Groningen features a pop-up store dedicated to the driver where fans can purchase Verstappen-themed merchandise.

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1. Posted by NS Biker, 20/09/2018 18:15

"Since the motorcycle days of the 60's Honda has had a culture of winning and have, for the most part, succeeded in all of the areas they have taken on. Not always right out of the box, but eventually.
This current exercise in F1 Power Units has been a "little" problematic, but thanks to the gentle nudging from McLaren, they seem to have got their stuff together. I have no doubt that they can out develop Mercedes and Ferrari, Renault too, only question is when. Soon we all hope.
Renault has done a great job with their current Power Unit, but is it as good as the two other European competition.? Close, but not quite.
Consider who is in the news currently pushing for the imposition of a budget cap, Renault. How the split between chassis designers, teams and engine (sorry, Power Unit) suppliers is handled in a budget cap will be interesting to follow. If cheating leads to winning (as vs whining, but that too will come) then it will be even more entertaining.
If I were the betting type, my money would be on Honda. They have the culture, the resources and the drive to be at the top. "

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2. Posted by hussainahm, 20/09/2018 15:23

"That makes perfect sense, Honda really want to win so they’ll produce a winning engine. What on earth have Renault been doing all these years, guess they have no interest in winning!"

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