MONTMELO, SPAIN - MARCH 02: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing prepares to go out in the garage during day four of Formula One winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 2, 2017 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

As the second and final pre testing session  looms, Max Verstappen has stated that it is his belief that Mercedes will still have the upper hand in the 2017 Formula One Championship season.

Speaking after the first week of testing at the Circuit de Catalonia, the flying Dutchman as he has been nicknamed explained how the first testing session was aimed more at getting mileage on the car than setting quick times and that he firmly believes that we will see the cars change quite a bit this week, and the upcoming season opener in Melbourne Australia.

“ In terms of the week as a whole, the most important thing for us was to make mileage and to know that all the parts were holding up. In general everything behaved pretty well,” he said. “I think Mercedes might still have an advantage on us in terms of power at the beginning of the season but we’ll be catching up. For sure the car will change quite a bit before we get to Melbourne, as it will for everyone.”

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said something similar when he stated that the he was positive we are yet to see the real 2017 Red Bull Racing challenger.