Red Bull’s Max Verstappen believes that this weekend’s Spanish GP could be “a defining moment” for the Formula 1 season, with each of the ‘Big Three’ teams expected to unleash new upgrades at Barcelona. Red Bull have collected just 55 points so far in 2018 – 59 fewer than current leaders Ferrari, leaving them third on the constructor’s leaderboard.
Considering that Red Bull were hoping for a significant turnaround in 2018, their first four races haven’t exactly gone to plan. Under the right circumstances, Red Bull’s new RB14 is arguably the fastest car on the grid, yet double retirements in Azerbaijan and Bahrain have left the company with some serious catching up to do.
Ahead of tomorrow’s Spanish GP – the first European race of the 2018 season, Dutch driver Max Verstappen is looking to bounce back from a sub-par performance in Baku, that saw the 20-year-old collide with teammate Daniel Ricciardo, eliminating both drivers from the race. Red Bull are now set to add ‘significant aerodynamic and performance updates’ to the RB14, and Verstappen has suggested that this could mark a turning point in their campaign.
“It could be quite a defining moment for the season,” Verstappen said. “I’m interested to see how everyone will perform.
“I believe our car is very fast, we still need a bit more top speed but hopefully that will come.”
Verstappen has something of an affinity with the Spanish GP, as it was at the Circuit de Catalunya that he won his first ever grand prix on his Red Bull debut in 2016. With his championship ambitions now in jeopardy, the youngster will be looking to replicate his heroics from two years ago.
“I am of course also looking forward to the weekend as I have good memories from my first F1 win there and I will be happy to start the European season,” Verstappen added.
“Everybody has done a lot of laps in Barcelona but I’m looking forward to seeing how the cars progress this year.
“We have many updates coming, hopefully they will be positive and we can be even closer to the front, but of course everybody else will also bring new parts.”