After a tricky time in Portugal, Max Verstappen believes the Spanish Grand Prix will give us a clearer picture of where things stand with set-up likely to decide who comes out on top on Sunday.
The Dutchman was vocal about the tarmac at Portimao being a problem, which caused a headache for most of the teams as they tried to get the tyres into the optimal working window on the unusual track surface. Verstappen is looking forward to the more familiar surroundings of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and he believes the battle between Red Bull and Mercedes will be decided by which team finds the best set-up.
"I think it can be a good track for us, but I do expect Mercedes to be very quick too so it’s going to be very close again and it’s just going to depend on who finds the best set-up," said Verstappen in a press release. "We know Barcelona is a normal track in terms of grip levels, unlike Portugal, so there we can see the real pace of the cars again.
"Barcelona is a really good track and we all know it very well. I’ve been there in the beginning of the year in a GT car driving with my Dad and enjoying the track so it will be good to go back.
Regardless of how things play out in Spain, Verstappen knows Red Bull have to continue to improve all season if they are to get the better of Mercedes.
"We are in a development race with Mercedes and we have to make sure we can keep this level for the rest of the season and keep improving every weekend," Verstappen added. "Even if you win there are still so many things you can learn from a race weekend as nothing is ever perfect and we are looking at every aspect to stay in the fight."