Max: 0.3s Merc deficit acceptable for Red Bull

From ESPN - March 9, 2018

MONTMELO, Spain -- Max Verstappen says closing the qualifying gap to Mercedes is key to Red Bull's chances of beating the world champions to race wins in 2018.

Mercedes has dominated Saturdays during the V6 turbo era with its now-famous qualifying engine modes, which has often been enough to open a gap to its rivals. By contrast Red Bull, a team hoping to mount a championship challenge this season, have scored just one pole position since 2014.

Last year Red Bull finished on a high, with Verstappen claiming two race wins in the closing stages of the season, but the Dutchman knows more work needs to be done.

"First of all, we have to be closer," he said. "Once you are within three or four tenths in qualifying, at least you can fight them in the race because normally in the race it should be a bit closer. We are definitely targeting to be in those three tenths."


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