Max on 2021 car: 'Of course there are differences'

Published on 24 February 2021 by Stefan Meens

In a couple of weeks' time, Formula 1 one and only 2021 pre-season test will take place 12-14 March. The Bahrain circuit hosts the test, after which the venue will organise the first Grand Prix weekend of the season (26-28 March). "I always look forward to race weekends, but first we have three days of testing" says Max Verstappen. "It's one and half day per team mate. It's not a lot, but I don't mind. I thought six days was a bit much and a bit boring."

The Dutch Red Bull Racing ace added: "Of course I love to drive a Formula 1 car, but there isn't really a competitive element during testing. I hope my day and a half goes smoothly. That's important. We want to clock as many miles as possible to get to used to the car. That's the way to prepare for the first Grand Prix weekend."

Talking about the progression from the RB16 to the new RB16B, Max says:“Of course there a differences, the main one being the floor. A large section has been removed which will affect the handling. But that wasn't what today was all about. It was all about getting a feel for the car and get a first impression. The real work starts in Bahrain.”

The 2021 season features 23 Grands Prix. "That's a lot, but we'll have to see how things work out. I hope we can run the calendar as it is scheduled and it won't be as packed like last year. We knew it had to be done, but it wasn't ideal. We'll see what happens this year but we are focussed to make the most of it, together with Honda. I know everyone will give their all to achieve our goals."