Verstappen eager to close down Mercedes Monza advantage

Max Verstappen - Credit: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Max Verstappen ended fifth fastest in second practice at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Friday, and feels his Red Bull Racing team can make gains to those in front ahead of Saturday’s running.

The Dutchman ended up behind both Mercedes AMG PETRONAS and both Scuderia Ferrari drivers at the Italian circuit, but feels the team can work on their set-up overnight to close the gap to those ahead, although Verstappen feels it will be a more difficult challenge compared to how it was a week ago at Spa-Francorchamps.

“It was a good day on track,” revealed Verstappen. “We knew that it would be a more difficult weekend for the team as this is definitely the most challenging track for us on the calendar, but I think it wasn’t too bad today and we can definitely improve for tomorrow.

“We found a good balance in between the sectors so it’s now up to us and the car. For the moment we are a little bit too far behind Mercedes, but if we get everything sorted for tomorrow, we can get closer. They definitely look very strong.

“Difficult to say what tomorrow brings, it will for sure be tougher than Spa and I think you can clearly see that, but we’ll do our best.”