Max Verstappen says ‘it would not make any distinction’ to be main F1 championship

Regardless of the prospect of reaching his childhood dream of successful a world title being an actual chance this season, Verstappen is taking every part in his stride.

There’s a sure strain that comes with being the championship chief, particularly when you have got seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton respiration down your neck, but it surely’s not a strain that Verstappen appears to be feeling.

“It would not make any distinction to be sincere,” the Crimson Bull driver matter-of-factly tells Muricas Information Sport’s Amanda Davies. “We all the time needed to be right here and now that we’ve got a really aggressive package deal, we’re simply very completely satisfied that it is taking place and now we simply need to stick with it.

“I imply, it is nonetheless a really lengthy season, we’re not even midway. In fact the hole in the meanwhile seems good, most likely on paper, but additionally it’s extremely simply gone. So we simply need to guarantee that we do not make errors and keep on high of it.

“I by no means actually have a look at these items. On the finish of the day, they do not actually make a giant distinction by way of how I really feel about it.”

Max Verstappen celebrates his win at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Nonetheless solely 23 years of age, it is a testomony to Verstappen’s psychological power that he has been capable of win every of the final three races after his mishap on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which noticed him spin out down the primary straight resulting from tire failure simply 5 laps from the tip.

It was a fairly sensible drive on the Monaco Grand Prix again in Might that noticed Verstappen take the lead within the drivers’ championship for the primary time and his performances have solely improved since, permitting him to open up a 32-point hole over Hamilton.

However as Azerbaijan has little doubt taught him, all that onerous work might come undone immediately.

“I am not having fun with it in the meanwhile to be sincere, no more than what I’d be doing the previous couple of years,” Verstappen says. “As a result of I do know that it would not say something in the meanwhile.

“I need to be there on the final race and end it off in that method, due to course you may be completely satisfied proper now, however then for those who lose out on the finish of the 12 months, then there’s nothing to be completely satisfied about.

“In order that’s why I am fairly impartial in every part and I am simply very targeted on what I’ve to do.”

No one has ever doubted Verstappen’s championship-winning credentials as a driver, to this point in his six-year profession the frequent consensus has been that it is the Crimson Bull automobile that has let him down.

This season, nonetheless, that appears to have modified.

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Crimson Bull, headed up by staff principal Christian Horner, has made dramatic enchancment’s on final 12 months’s automobile and have lastly supplied Verstappen with a automobile able to difficult Hamilton and Mercedes.

Verstappen believes the staff’s dominance at tracks they have not usually carried out nicely at previously — France, for instance, the place the Dutch driver this season secured pole and the race win — will stand them in good stead for the upcoming British Grand Prix, the place Hamilton and Mercedes have dominated lately.

“The staff, together with Christian, they deal with giving me that automobile, which they’ve given me this 12 months and now we’re simply working very well collectively,” says Verstappen.

“I feel we actually made a superb step ahead from final 12 months and now it is all about preserving that up [and] enhancing, as a result of we can not simply depend on what we’ve got now till the tip of the season. We simply need to hold attempting to be higher.

“It’s a must to be optimistic as nicely, however we all know that they [Mercedes] are going to be very robust there [Silverstone], they’re bringing upgrades so it isn’t going to be straightforward. I am assured that we will do a superb job right here as nicely.”

This weekend’s British GP would be the first of three races this season to characteristic a model new qualifying format.

The same old one-hour qualifying session will nonetheless characteristic, however it’ll solely determine the beginning positions for the dash qualifying session, relatively than the race itself.

Max Verstappen kicks his tire after crashing out in Azerbaijan.

It will likely be this new dash qualifying session, a 100 kilometer, 17-lap race, that may determine how the drivers line up for Sunday’s grand prix.

Factors that rely in direction of to drivers’ championship complete will even be awarded to the highest three drivers in dash qualifying, with three for first place, two for second and one for third.

“I am really fairly open-minded,” Verstappen says of the brand new format. “I am not in opposition to it, I am not for it in the meanwhile. I simply need to see the way it progresses. It’s totally new.

“For certain it is going to be a little bit of an adjustment to be made by way of the way you strategy the entire weekend. However I assume time will inform, we’ll simply learn the way it goes.

“It is troublesome to say proper now [if it will impact the race]. After FP1 [first practice], you make your adjustments for qualifying and you’ll’t actually modify the automobile anymore, so that you hope that you simply make the proper adjustments.

“So one can find out somewhat bit in the course of the dash race or qualifying race if it is good or not — and if it isn’t good, then you definitely’re in hassle.”

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