“Very hard out there. A lot of different issues we have to deal with and this is not what you want in the first race weekend.” He added: “You can always say that problems can happen and you might have a retirement but I think at this level after having so much information on the engines and stuff, it shouldn’t happen.”
And while Verstappen knows there’s still plenty of time to make amends in the season, he was ultimately left ruing the missed points on offer for Red Bull.
“We didn’t really show what we could really do for whatever reason,” Verstappen added. “There is potential for sure, otherwise you are not up there. But we already lost a lot of points in one race weekend so that’s really not good.
“Of course I know with one retirement it’s not over, but I would have preferred to have at least 18 points.”