Max Verstappen has declared that Red Bull knows the weaknesses of their car and are working to improve them, whilst also bidding to solidify the strengths of their package as their dominant 2023 Formula 1 season came to an end.
Red Bull have won all but one of the 22 races this year. The only Grand Prix that hasn’t had the Austrian national anthem played at the podium ceremony was the Singapore GP when Carlos Sainz took victory after both Red Bulls were eliminated in Q2 of qualifying.
Despite that, they will not be resting on their laurels and bid to improve their performance that has already seen them lap a second faster than the field at times in 2023.
“We are also working on our car to try and make it better,” Verstappen said to media. “I think we know our weaknesses as well in the car, and that’s what we’ll try to work. Plus of course trying to make our strengths even stronger.
“There are [weaknesses], look at our race weekend in Singapore and in general on street circuits. I think we are a bit you know struggling a bit more like in Las Vegas, slow-speed is definitely not our strongest point in the car, bumps kerbs, as well. So that’s definitely a big area where we can improve.”
Impossible to replicate 2023?
Verstappen himself has won a record-breaking 19 races, including an unprecedented 10 in a row from the Miami GP in May to the Italian GP in September.
He admitted there was some emotion in the in-lap after victory at the Abu Dhabi GP as he completed some celebratory doughnuts on the home straight.
“It’ll be very hard to have another season like this, we know that,” said Verstappen. “You always want to do better, but sometimes doing better is not only race wins and eventually winning the championship but we’ll see.
“We are working hard for next year to have again a very competitive car. For sure, all the other teams out there want to try and beat us next year and we are ready for the battle. But in the meantime, we are going to enjoy a little bit this year as well.”