Red Bull must give 'flawless' Verstappen a title-contending car

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Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko says it is upto the team to give Max Verstappen the car to challenge for this year's Formula 1 title.

The Austrian made the claim as he praised the performance of the Dutchman who has scored a third and three fourth-place finishes so far in 2019, leaving him fourth in the Drivers' standings.

In his comments, Marko indicated that Max had probably been the best driver so far this season, even ahead of the dominant Mercedes duo.

“Hamilton, Bottas, Vettel and Leclerc have all had their ups and downs,” he was quoted by PlanetF1.

“Only Max has been flawless so far and has always made the most of the car. Max has even done more than the real potential of the car.

“He is completely ready for the title and in Barcelona, we now have to prove that we are too.”

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Red Bull has been pretty consistently the third best team on the track mostly as a result of their qualifying pace often leaving Max in fifth on the grid.

But while it is now the Honda engine in the back of the RB15, Marko was still able to link their problems to Renault.

“Until now, the lack of downforce has been our problem,” he told Auto Bild.

“The design of the car was due to the lack of engine performance of our former engine partner, so we had to design for efficiency.

“We have lost time in the corners, but Honda has significantly improved their performance and we can now react.”