Verstappen took pole place for Purple Bull for the F1 season opener and led the opening phases of the race, however often reported issues and was unable to tug greater than two seconds away from Lewis Hamilton.
This allowed Hamilton to pit early and get the undercut on Verstappen, laying the foundations for the Mercedes driver to win the race by 0.7 seconds following a late battle.
Purple Bull F1 advisor Marko stated the differential concern within the opening phases was costing Verstappen round three-tenths of a second per lap, with teammate Sergio Perez managing the same concern on his automotive.
“What was most severe firstly of the race was that there have been issues within the differential space,” Marko stated in an unique interview with Motorsport.com’s German language sister site Formel1.de.
“In Sector 1, we misplaced drastically, as much as three tenths per lap. The identical was the case with Perez, by the best way. Not solely was there much less grip, however the rear wheels have been spinning and the tyres have been getting scorching.
“Throughout this part, we did not handle to achieve the benefit we’d have wanted to keep away from an undercut. We fell again from 2.5 to 1.7 seconds. That was the decisive part of the primary stint, the place we have been clearly handicapped.
“After which we had one other drawback, specifically that we needed to flip down the engine energy because of temperature issues. However Max nonetheless managed to catch up.”
Verstappen was in a position to catch Hamilton within the closing phases due to a tyre benefit, however made an overtake off-track at Flip 4 and was requested to present the place again.
Hamilton was then in a position to hold Verstappen at bay and forestall him from making a second overtake, guaranteeing Mercedes made a profitable begin to the season.
Regardless of lacking out on the race win, the efficiency however marked Purple Bull’s strongest begin to a season for plenty of years, giving the staff hope of mounting a sustained title problem.
Looking forward to the second race of the yr at Imola, Marko stated that even with a powerful automotive and energy unit package deal, Purple Bull would nonetheless should carry out flawlessly to defeat Mercedes.
“I feel with the package deal we have now, a really aggressive engine, a chassis that reacts properly to every part, that we’ll be again on par with Mercedes,” Marko stated.
“We all know now, you may solely succeed in opposition to Mercedes when you act flawlessly. Every thing needs to be proper.
“We assume that it will likely be the same state of affairs – hopefully with a reversed podium and Max on prime.”