"Last year we started from the back, overtaking didn't seem like a big problem around here.
"Maybe the midfield teams are a bit more competitive this year but I think it should be all right.
Verstappen had been pegged as a potential race-winner last weekend in Singapore, but a third-place finish was perhaps a better result than Red Bull might have expected after a poor display in qualifying, something that was put down to an issue with their race simulations ahead of time.
"We went in a different direction than in previous years and it didn't work out how we wanted to," Verstappen said. "Probably little things with the simulator we could have done better.
"I think the simulator has helped us so much that one weekend where it didn't work out can happen. Unfortunately it was Singapore but we'll look into everything to see if we can improve it for next year."
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