Max Verstappen has suggested that Red Bull will face a challenge to its dominance during the Mexico City Grand Prix weekend.
The Milton Keynes-based squad has enjoyed a highly dominant campaign with Verstappen winning 15 out of the 18 races staged so far.
Red Bull has only been defeated once this year when it failed to run at its usual standard in Singapore, allowing Ferrari and Carlos Sainz to seal the win.
Verstappen topped both Friday practice sessions in Mexico on Friday, but it was far from a dominant day for the Dutchman - with Lando Norris just a tenth behind in second place after the second session, indicating that Verstappen could have a fight to secure a record-breaking 16th win of the year.
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Verstappen expecting qualifying fight
Verstappen highlighted that the characteristics of the Mexico track don't particularly suit the Red Bull car, which could hamper it during qualifying.
“Personally, I don't think this is our best track on the calendar,” he told media including RacingNews365.
“Looking at the behaviour of our car this year, with the low-speed corners and the kerbing as well, our car is not very good on that.
“So I do expect it to be tough, especially over one lap.
“The race, I don't really know. Normally we've been always quite decent in race trim but over one lap I do think that there's going to be quite a tight battle.
“Not only Mercedes, I do think Ferrari as well and McLaren, lately, they've been very strong as well over one lap.”
When asked to expand on Red Bull's problem over kerbs, Verstappen added: “Our car just doesn't like to take them at the moment.
“This is something that we need to try and work on for the future.”