After the great performance shown by Ferrari around Monaco, Max Verstappen is a bit worried about Red Bull’s pace, stating the latter is “too slow, and not just by a bit”.
Both Ferraris showed to be fast in Monte Carlo, topping the timesheets in FP2 with Charles Leclerc in P1 and Carlos Sainz in P2. Verstappen managed to go only fourth fastest, behind his main rival Lewis Hamilton.
The Dutchman spent some words about Red Bull’s poor performance on Thursday.
“We are too slow, and not just by a little bit; I think quite a bit,” he said. “We need to find some pace. Everyone has traffic, so you need to look at optimum lap times or optimum sectors, and we are quite off. It also didn’t feel great to drive. Normally, I’m quite comfortable in the car, quite easily get to a pace, but it all takes too long, [it’s] just not how I like it.
“I’m just surprised at how competitive Ferrari is. But I think it just shows that we are pretty weak,” he added. “They are doing very well, and we are very weak, so the offset is very big. Luckily, of course, we have a free day tomorrow so we can look into things, but a lot of things need to change, I think.”
Sergio Perez struggled a bit with the pace as he finished only eighth in FP2. However, he felt quite happy with the car’s behavior.
“It was great. I’m just enjoying it a lot, you know?” said the Mexican. “It’s a fantastic track. We had a very good FP1. The car was feeling good. We did a couple of changes that we probably took a step back. We have enough information for qualifying come Saturday, but we need to find some pace at low fuel.”
Finally, Perez also admitted that the Italian team could be a real problem for his team this weekend considering how fast they were on Thursday.
“Yes, they’re pretty strong. I mean Charles missed FP1, and he still made it to P1 so I think they seem to be pretty strong out there.”