Red Bull will look to turn their stellar performance in winter testing into results this weekend in Bahrain, with Max Verstappen confident the team is in a much better position to take the fight to Mercedes compared to last year.
The Milton Keynes outfit are known to be slow starters, but the Dutchman believes that the team are in good spirits thanks to their preparation in the lead up to the start of the F1 campaign.
"Ya I think so. Everything went quite smooth," Verstappen told RacingNews365.com and other members of the press when asked if the team are in a better place compared to last year. "So of course that's what you want from a test, especially when it's so little time.
"You hope that it's going to run like that so we are pleased. It's difficult to say [where we are improved], different circumstances, different tyres. The car is different because of the new regulations to the floor. So I think the most important thing is that the car is quite predictable, even with the changes in wind direction and temperatures during testing."
Red Bull have been picked by many as the favourites thanks to their performance in testing, but Verstappen isn't interested in the label.
"It doesn't matter," Verstappen added. "What matters is that you perforce on the circuit where you can score points. I think you just have to focus on your job, stay calm and just stay focused because it just distracts you."