Max Verstappen

Cautious Verstappen: “The Championship can switch around very quickly.”

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Despite a difficult start to the Championship, reigning Champion Max Verstappen went on to win six out of nine races so far. 46 points in front of his teammate Sergio Perez and 49 in front of Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, the Dutchman doesn’t however let the guard down. 

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc
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Max Verstappen seems unstoppable. Despite not being as comfortable with the car as last year, the reigning Champion is confirming the consistency of 2021. Even when Ferrari is quicker on Sunday, Verstappen keeps winning. In fortuitous circumstances like Ferrari’s struggles, or in dominant races like Canada with the same results.

While many might consider the gap created by Verstappen already comfortable, the Dutchman does, however, remain alert, as declared in the post-race press conference: “It’s still a very long way and I know the gap of course is quite big, but I also know that it can switch around very quickly.”

Indeed at the beginning of the season, the Championship seemed out of reach in comparison to Leclerc, leading Verstappen to declare he would have needed 45 races to have a chance to fill the gap. Now, not only did the Dutchman close the gap, but he also acquired a comfortable lead. However, Verstappen surely still remembers the 32-point gap he had also created from rival Lewis Hamilton in 2021 which was then gone after the DNF in Silverstone and the first-lap contact in Hungary.

Verstappen: “We need to improve”

Hence, Verstappen continues to push himself and the team to do better:

“I mean, race three I was 46 behind, so we just need to stay calm, we need to focus, we need to improve because today we’re not the quickest. It swings a bit. Last weekend it looked good in the race, now it didn’t look as good but we still managed to win and that I think is also a quality and we just have to work together with the whole team you know to try and just find little improvements in the car.”

Similarly, while Verstappen remains cautious in his lead, rival Charles Leclerc remains optimistic about his chances. The Monegasque laughed with Sky Sport Italy on closing the gap: “49 points? Two victories and it’s done”.

Silverstone will certainly be a central point in the Championship with both Verstappen and Leclerc looking for redemption in the UK. A very hungry Lewis Hamilton, who seemed to finally find a better feeling with the car in Montreal, might also come into play. Then, the Circus will move to Red Bull’s home in Austria, where Verstappen has a habit of dominating. Yet, this season has already proved nothing is certain in Formula 1 until the chequered flag.

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