Max Verstappen says the run to fourth at the Bahrain Grand Prix is as bad as Red Bull will perform in 2019. The Dutchman almost took a podium finish when Charles Leclerc's Ferrari lost power, however a top-three spot might have been more than generous.
Verstappen qualified fifth in Sakhir, albeit almost a second adrift of Charles Leclerc's pole time.
Unable to challenge the front-runners in the same way which saw him overtake Sebastian Vettel for third place in Melbourne, Verstappen gained a place as a result of the German's spin in battle with Lewis Hamilton, but is confident he will be closer to the fight for honours, having tested the RB15 in Bahrain this week.
"It cannot be worse than what we showed here," he said after putting in 69 laps and topping the timesheets on Tuesday.
"Also, we made some mistakes I think in terms of set-up. I think if you look back to Australia, we were actually quite happy.
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"Of course it was still 20 seconds to Valtteri [Bottas, race winner], but in that race I couldn't go and push like I wanted to because basically I was always held up by a car.
"I think we can do a lot better than what we showed so far."
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