“Around here you need quite a bit of confidence to push the high-speed corners, so I just need to figure out how we can make it a bit more balanced and then I’m sure we can be closer," said Verstappen.
“I’m not saying we will beat them [Mercedes] in qualifying, but if we can be within two-three tenths in qualifying then it’s definitely game on in the race.”
Questioned on the developments from power unit supplier Honda between campaigns, Verstappen added: “I think we’ve made good steps, but clearly Mercedes made, I think, bigger steps than us, so we have to keep pushing.
“There’s still performance to gain, but not only from the engine but also the car. We have to push from both sides to get better."
Team-mate Alex Albon agreed the RB16 is a good foundation on which to build, and that some areas just need "tidying up".
Albon commented: “I’m sure it will come, it just takes a bit of time.”
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