Max Verstappen says Red Bull need to be competitive from the very first race next season if they are to challenge with Mercedes and Ferrari for the constructors’ championship, and convince him to remain with the team.
In 2019, it took the team and new engine provider Honda a little while to ease the transition from the Renault power units in place the previous season, with Red Bull’s first victory not coming until nine races in when Verstappen won in Austria.
While he is buoyed by what he reckons is the most successful campaign of his career, he still thinks Red Bull need to hit the ground running in 2020.
"For me, it had to be the best year [of my career], it’s just natural," Verstappen said at the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony this week
"The package this year, at the beginning, it was a bit of a struggle, we couldn’t really fight for victories and real podiums were also quite hard. So it was all about trying to be as consistent as we could be. So we just hope that we can be more competitive next year.
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