Verstappen keen to move on from Bahrain troubles

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World champion Max Verstappen says he and Red Bull are fully focused on recording their first points of the 2022 campaign in this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (Verstappen 11/8 – To win race).

Red Bull had a weekend to forget in Bahrain in the opening race of the season as they recorded a double-DNF, with both Verstappen and team-mate Sergio Perez failing to finish.

Verstappen was set to finish second at the Sakhir season-opener, but he could only watch on as Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton took advantage when he was forced to retire three laps from the end, while Perez followed him into the pit lane on the final lap.

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Red Bull were quick to confirm a fuel system problem was the root of their issue, and Verstappen says he will be fully focused on trying to bounce back this weekend.

He told reporters: “Last weekend was a tough one for all of us to take, we win and lose as a team, and we’ll come back stronger this week.

“We have a good package, and we were competitive in Bahrain, so there are positives to take from the weekend, and we have a very long season ahead.”

Red Bull chief Helmut Marko is confident the issue that has affected both drivers is now behind them, with the team suffering their first double-DNF since the Austrian Grand Prix in 2020.

Ferrari, meanwhile, recorded a 1-2 finish last Sunday as Carlos Sainz Jnr followed Leclerc home, and the Italian outfit are 5/6 to win this weekend’s race too.

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