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Max Verstappen has defended Red Bull and claimed the manufacturers’ aero problems were blown out of proportion last season. The Dutchman and his team-mate Alex Albon were forced to contend with aero anomalies at the beginning of the campaign.
Red Bull decided to implement extensive changes to Verstappen’s car ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix ban in August. Verstappen insists the situation appeared worse from the outside.
He told Motorsport.com: “I think that’s, you know, made bigger in the media. We had the second fastest car. I think there are a lot worse cars to drive out there.
“We had a few spins in pre-season and stuff, and when you drive on the limit, the car’s not easy to drive, you know what I mean? And maybe ours is a bit more difficult compared to Mercedes, but it’s probably nicer than Williams, you know. So I think it’s a bit overdone what people said in the media. I never really felt like that.”
Red Bull are hoping to close the gap on Mercedes in 2021 following the acquisition of Sergio Perez from Racing Point.