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“We’ll take it to race by race,” Max Verstappen believes Red Bull ready ahead of first sprint race of the season

Max Verstappen believes Red Bull has worked hard to fix the RB18's reliability issues ahead of the Emilia-Romagna GP and hopes to secure more points in his championship battle.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen retired during the 40th lap of the Australian GP. The 2021 World Champion was asked to stop on track while he was P2 behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who won the race starting from Pole position. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez finished second. Meanwhile, George Russell claimed his first podium finish as a Mercedes driver as the Briton finished 3rd in the race.

The 2021 World Champion pulled over and parked his car down at the Turn 2 during the 40th lap of the race. “Stop the car,” he was told by his race engineer on the radio as smoke emerged from the back of his car. “I smell some weird fluid,” the Dutchman was heard saying just as he pulled over, and he has parked up near an escape road.

Headling into Imola where Verstappen won the race last season, the Dutchman believes the team has worked hard to fix the RB18’s reliability issues and hopes to secure more points in his championship battle.

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Max Verstappen: “I’m looking forward to racing again”

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen stands 6th in the Drivers standings with 25 points, all secured in the 2022 Saudi Arabian GP. the Dutchman dropped out of the Australian GP with a fuel line problem. The Emilia Romagna GP will mark the first sprint race of the season and this means there are crucial points to grab on Saturday’s sprint race. And the reigning world champion says his team has worked hard over the two weeks and all those problems appear to have been resolved.

Verstappen said, “I’m looking forward to racing again this weekend in Imola, this is obviously the first sprint race of the year so it’s important to make the most of the first practice session, so we have a good understanding of where the set up needs to be for qualifying on Friday.”

He added, “The Team trackside and back at the factory in Milton Keynes are working incredibly hard, hopefully, we’ll have a straightforward weekend and that we score some good points as a Team. For now, we’ll take it to race by race and we’ll see where we end up.”

Red Bull will look to cut their deficit to Ferrari in the Constructors championship. The Scuderia lead the championship with more than 50 points separating them and Red Bull, who are in 3rd place behind Mercedes.

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