Verstappen: We don't know the full potential of the car yet

Verstappen: We don’t know the full potential of the car yet

Verstappen: We don't know the full potential of the car yet

Max Verstappen claimed, despite taking his second consecutive win in the 2024 Formula 1 season in Jeddah, that Red Bull do not know the full potential of the RB20 yet.

Such a statement would probably send shivers down the spines of Red Bull’s rivals, especially as it came after the Duthman’s dominant victory at the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, having started from pole.

And while Verstappen and Red Bull may be going with the narrative that they need to test their RB20 on several track layouts to be confident of its performance, others – rivals, pundits, and onlookers – may beg to differ as the writing is on the wall, the RB20 is another Adrian Newey-designed-rocket.

After bagging another win, Verstappen said in Red Bull‘s Jeddah press release: “It was great to get my 100th podium today and it was another great race for us this weekend.

“I am very happy to win here in Jeddah: it has been a great start to the year and we don’t know the full potential of the car yet so now we want to keep the momentum going.

“Because of the early pit stop with the safety car, I knew we had to work on managing the pace,” Verstappen continued. “Every time that I pushed I tried to extend the gap as you don’t want to be driving on the limit constantly and be taking too many risks in this circuit.

“It was a very long stint on the hard tyre during the race but the pace of the car was very good and I was good at managing my tyres. In the last stint, the tyres were getting cold and it was easy to lose the grip at the end, but we pushed through and I think we did everything well today.

“The ultimate goal is to fight for the championship so we are off to a great start,” the triple F1 Champion concluded.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner hailed Verstappen after his win in Jeddah, and also credited the hard work his team have delivered with the new car as well as their race execution delivering another one two with Sergio Perez finishing second again behind his teammate despite receiving a five-second time penalty for unsafe release in the pitlane.

Horner: A well executed race

Horner said: “Today was a very well executed race, the only mishap we had was the unsafe release, but Checo had enough in hand to keep that second place and Max was clinical throughout to win again.

“The cars performed brilliantly all weekend and the drivers have done their part to deliver us a second one-two of the season already,” the Briton added. “I think you can see that the Team is operating at an incredibly high level, trackside and back home in Milton Keynes, we’ve carried that momentum from last year and that is testament to a lot of hard work from everyone.”

The RB20 is proving to be a worthy successor to the RB19, the car which Red Bull won 21 of 22 races in 2023, and Horner is happy with its performance so far, especially after the dramatic evolution the design team in Milton Keynes, led by Newey followed with the 2024 F1 machined.

The Red Bull boss added: “The RB20 was an aggressive evolution from the RB19 for us but after a dominant display in Bahrain, we’ve come to another circuit and it’s performed well again. In Melbourne we will have another, very different challenge, so let’s see how we perform.

“We have started the season in the best possible way we could and the whole Team now want to continue this form into the remainder of a very long season,” Horner concluded.

Red Bull racing now leading the F1 Constructors’ Championship, and have 87 points from their two consecutive one-two finished in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, Ferrari are behind them in second with 49 points.