After pre-season, many predicted a straight fight between Mercedes and Ferrari for top honours in 2019.
Heading into Spanish Grand Prix, the Red Bull driver had outscored at least one Ferrari in every race – and he did it again on Sunday, leading home both scarlet cars for his second podium of the year.
Given Ferrari’s pre-season pace in Barcelona, Red Bull would have been forgiven for expecting to settle for third best this weekend.
Not Verstappen though, who was quick to highlight after the race how confident he was heading to a circuit that he has enjoyed rich success at over the years.
Verstappen’s third place is his second consecutive podium finish at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the 21-year-old having also secured third last year.