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Verstappen: Work to do to catch up with Ferrari

Verstappen: Work to do to catch up with Ferrari

Verstappen: Work to do to catch up with Ferrari

Max Verstappen was second fastest in FP1 and FP2 in Jeddah on Friday, as Charles Leclerc was fastest for Ferrari, the Dutchman aware Red Bull have work to do to catch up.

Red Bull entered the 2022 Formula 1 Saudi Arabian GP weekend, on the back of the a horrible weekend in Bahrain, where both cars did not score points for fuel pressure problems, not to mention their inability to find an answer to Ferrari’s pace around Sakhir.

Despite having a smooth Friday, Max Verstappen admitted that Ferrari are still ahead for the second week in a row, despite Red Bull reportedly bringing updates to their RB18, one of which a new front wing.

“The sessions ran quite smoothly today, we completed our programme and tried out lots of different tyre sets,” Verstappen said in the team’s Friday review.

“It seems like Ferrari were quite competitive again, we still have a little bit of work to do to catch up with them and there’s plenty of room for improvement,” he warned.

“The track feels pretty much the same as last year, the barriers have moved slightly and in terms of visibility, it hasn’t made a noticeable impact.

“Looking ahead to qualifying, we still need to look at some data, we’ll see how it all goes tomorrow,” the Dutchman concluded.

Red Bull have work to do on Friday night

Sergio Perez – finishing FP1 and FP2 seventh and fourth respectively – lamented that traffic didn’t give him the chance to set a hot lap around the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, but predicted another close fight with Ferrari.

“We ran both cars on different programmes and I think we got the data we needed, so now we have some work to do tonight,” he said.

“It was difficult to get the lap in I needed to see exactly how we will perform over one lap here because I had a lot of traffic out there.

“I think it could be another straight shootout with Ferrari on Saturday but at the moment we are focusing on ourselves and hopefully tomorrow we are able to make the steps we’d like with the car.

“It will be important in qualifying to make sure we get the space for a clean lap because traffic can be a bit difficult around here so we need to make sure we are on it,” the Mexican maintained.