“We just didn’t have a good start,” Verstappen told the BBC Chequered Flag podcast. “We didn’t choose the right procedure and I was just being quite cautious as well.
“On the first lap, I didn’t want to risk getting any damage and the cars behind me were really aggressive which is fair enough, they knew they were not quick enough so the only chance they had was lap one.”
Verstappen had his start problems sorted out later in the race as he held onto the lead at the final restart which proved to be carnage behind him.
Red Bull's areas to work on
While the Red Bull has been the dominant car in terms of speed in 2023, there are some issues that the team have to deal with.
Verstappen's mechanical issues in Saudi Arabia halted his pole position quest early and Sergio Perez suffered more problems in Melbourne.
The Mexican ended the first session of qualifying in the gravel and had to start from the pit lane where he manage to salvage fifth at the chequered flag.
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