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Mercedes looks stiff and hard to drive, according to Red Bull

15 March, 2019, 23:21 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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Red Bull Racing's first competitive day with Honda power "ran very smoothly" according the Max Verstappen who finished the opening day of the 2019 season third on the time-sheets.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has conceded that Mercedes' pace so far during the Australian Grand Prix weekend has caught them his team by surprise.

Valtteri Bottas was fifth in the second Mercedes, with his session including running off the road at the penultimate corner.

"I think it was quite clear, however it's hard to know what everyone's doing, so naturally we won't fully know until we get out in the vehicle tomorrow and, come qualifying you get a better picture".

"Overall, I think we have a pretty good package, but we won't know where we are until we get into the race weekend and see if we have closed the gap to Mercedes and Ferrari". "We'll have a much better understanding of it - but I think it's the same for everyone".

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"But we're confident that we can do that during the course of the year". Mercedes looked a bit on the edge, but they didn't show their full potential.

"In general, the vehicle felt alright with medium and soft tyres but we still need to fully understand the compounds", said Verstappen. "My running was also a little different to the others in terms of preparation and there is definitely some lap time in that".

"My running was also a little different to the others in terms of preparation and there is definitely some lap time in that". It's been alright. The Mercedes looks very quick.

"We had no expectations going into today and it's just good to get started".

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