Another driver has made the traditional “we’re not competitive, don’t worry about us” claim in the build up to the first round of the season in Australia. This time the culprit is Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who doesn’t believe the team will be able to challenge for wins early in the season. “We still have to wait and see how good we really are,” Verstappen told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. “Personally, I don’t think we can fight for the win at the moment. Much can change during the course of the season, but we are not good enough yet to win.” The statement is a little more believable than the claims from Ferrari and Mercedes as they try to play down their pre-season testing pace. Red Bull’s RB13 was the fourth fastest car at Barcelona, behind the two manufacturer teas and Williams. Whilst it’s expected Red Bull will be more competitive than Williams, Verstappen believes the team have a lot of work to do before they can challenge Ferrari and Mercedes on track. The Dutchman hopes the team can develop over the course of the season, as they did last year, to close the gap he expects to have to the front runners. “Clearly, Ferrari took a step forward from last year,” he said. “Mercedes will always be right there – I think they probably sandbagged a bit. It’s been that way for the last couple of years. “For us, it is hard to tell where we are. Personally, I don’t think we are the best team yet, but we will have to wait and see. “After qualifying in Australia, we will know our pure performance. We won’t be going there with the idea we can go for pole.” For more Formula One news and discussions head over to the RaceDepartment Formula One sub forum and join in with your fellow community members. Where do you think Red Bull will fall in the pecking order in Australia? Do you think they’ll take a win in the first half of the season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.