Red Bull driver Max Verstappen says the team is aiming to outperform Ferrari and Mercedes in the not too distant future, starting at this weekend’s German GP (Red Bull 12/1 Fastest Qualifying Team German Grand Prix).

The Dutchman showed form last time out at the British GP and would have been on the podium at Silverstone had Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel not ploughed into the back of his car.

Verstappen will be back out this weekend at the Hockenheimring (pictured) trying to turn his form into points and a potential podium place before the F1 fraternity heads into its traditional mid-season hiatus.

When asked what his main challenge was before that break Verstappen said: “Closing the gap to Mercedes.”

He added: “We want to win so that’s our biggest challenge ahead to try and close that gap. We are getting closer, it’s not good enough but we know that so we’re working hard to try and close that.”

Ferrari hold a 52 point lead over Red Bull in the Constructors’ Championship, despite the fact that Verstappen leads both Scuderia drivers in the individual standings.

The 21-year-old (5/1 Fastest Lap Driver) will be hoping to make some inroads in the final race before the break, having finished fourth in Baden-Wurttemberg last year.

“At the end of the day second is always better than third, but we’re here to win,” Verstappen stressed.

“Of course we want to be in front of Ferrari but we want to be even more in front of Mercedes. This year at the moment we are trying to get the most out of the engine as well and learn from what we did wrong in the beginning of the season, or not as good compared to Mercedes and Ferrari.

“Hopefully next year we can fight for the wins all the time.”

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