However, Verstappen remained tight lipped about the team’s confidence, and if they can bring the fight to Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
“I have been repeating this now for a few weeks. We will see,” he said.
Verstappen finished third in the drivers standing’s at the end of last year, after Hamilton dominated much of the season.
However, having the fastest car in pre-season testing now means that Red Bull go into the first race of the season in Bahrain on Sunday as favourites.
With Mercedes on the backfoot after various issues in testing, on paper, Red Bull look to be the team to beat.
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“First of all I think the team of course needs to be happy in the first place,” laughed Verstappen when asked if he was happy to have Perez on board.
“But I have known Checo now for many years here in the paddock, and of course now that we are team-mates you get a bit more of an insight of course. How Checo is working, so far it’s running very smoothly.
“The feedback, we both are heading into the right..the same direction, I hope it’s the right direction.
Red Bull are looking to better their second place finish last season and dethrone Mercedes in 2021 before the new regulations come into Formula One next season.
The opening race of the season gets underway this weekend, with the first race in Bahrain ahead of a mammoth 23-race calendar.
Verstappen meanwhile had his game face on, stating: “I always feel confident, even if I would be driving last, I would still feel confident.
“I don’t think we will be last, let’s say that.”