A positive and realistic Max. He was today in the Netherlands and gave an interview:
"I am now mainly limiting damage by scoring as many points as possible. That I am third is pretty good. Even better than what is normally realistic. I am happy with that, but we have to get closer to Ferrari and Mercedes. "
"Of course we are not yet where we want to be, but that was not to be expected. Honda needs time and we need new parts quickly. And about thirty horsepower. But I am confident. It would be wrong after three races of the fight to give up already. "
"We are closer anyway than last season. And there is still a lot of time gain in a new front wing. Of course the other teams are not standing still, but I think we have more potential to make progress."
"Everyone knows that we are not at Ferrari and Mercedes level . I understand that people think that sounds the same as in recent years, but there is now a plan behind it."
"A new update is coming and we are taking small steps. Honda is working extremely hard in the background to deliver more power, but that is enormously complex. An engine must also be reliable. If it were easy, everyone would have done it."
"The team must make the car even better. We still have too little grip, both in front and behind. We have to take steps there."
"They [Honda] have had a very tough time, but have now taken the right path. That motivates me too. There is enough money, there are enough parts, there are good people and there is a good plan."
"They only have to focus on two teams, which also have the same owner: Red Bull and Toro Rosso. Very well organized."
"It is nice to work with Japanese people. They are calm and focused. If I report a problem, they solve it quickly on the test bench in Japan. It is very well organized. You can see that even in the details, such as plugs that fit seamlessly together. "