Red Bull promise Max Verstappen 'developments' in message to Ferrari and Charles Leclerc

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“I don’t think the car is particularly fragile – I just think there have been niggly things that you’ve normally seen in pre-season testing that have only reared their head now. So that is frustrating, but we are working closely with HRC [Honda Racing Corporation] and they are giving us great support, and we’ll get those things figured out.”

The next race of the season comes in Barcelona next Sunday, with Verstappen looking to close the gap to Leclerc in the Drivers’ Championship and Red Bull looking to make up ground on Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship. And Horner put pressure on the Prancing Horse by claiming that they are in fact the favourites due to their advantage on corners.

“It’s been nip-and-tuck and Barcelona is a whole new challenge, high-speed corners, and we know that Ferrari are strong in that area,” Horner continued. “It’s horses for courses and this circuit [Miami] suited us, we were able to make it work and get the result.”

Leclerc currently sits 19 points ahead of Verstappen and 38 ahead of Perez. But he will be looking perilously over his shoulder at a circuit where he finished 39 seconds behind Verstappen last season.

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