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Max Verstappen

Verstappen fires warning shot to rivals over 2023 Red Bull

Red Bull looked strongest in F1 Testing - with Max Verstappen believing the team are in a good place with the RB19.

Max Verstappen has warned his Formula 1 rivals that Red Bull already have developments "in the pipeline" for the RB19.

Verstappen looked in control during pre-season testing in Bahrain, clocking the fastest time on the opening lap, and being pipped by a Zhou Guanyu glory run late on Day 2.

Teammate Sergio Perez also impressed in his day in the car on Saturday, with the RB19 looking like the class of the field already.

Two-time World Champion Verstappen was not driving on Saturday as his testing allocation was over, and believes the team to be in a good place once the season gets underway.

"The main issue we had last year was that the car was massively overweight, so in the beginning it was very lazy and not turning in as the weight was also in the wrong place in the car," Verstappen told media including RacingNews365.

"Throughout the year, we got rid of that, and you could see the performance was increasing a lot and it became a lot more of a race car.

"This is is just a continuation but things that we have found and have put on the car are clearly better.

"We already have things in the pipeline and just are a work in progress, but we know what are limitations are."

"The philosophy of the car in general didn't really change," he added in response to being asked by RacingNews365 if there were any parts of the car that were worse than in 2022 but faster overall.

"We're just trying to find performance on it, but I think all the things that we have on the car are well thought of and tested well on the simulator.

"There is nothing really rushed on the car or things that we know are slower.

"Everything that we put on the car is fast."

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