Max Verstappen is cautious ahead of the rest of the season even though he and Red Bull currently have a big advantage over Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes and warns that some tough tracks await them on which Mercedes could have an advantage.
Red Bull won five consecutive races for the first time since 2013, and Verstappen celebrated in four of those five races, except for the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan where he had a burst tire so the winner was his teammate Perez.
In two domestic races in Austria, Red Bull had the biggest advantage so far, so Verstappen convincingly celebrated from the pole position with the lead in all laps of the race, and the Dutchman led as many as 403 out of 575 laps (70.09%) in the first nine races of the season.
“We started the season well and of course I’m very happy with that, but we have to keep pushing, we can’t just think about the results so far,” said Verstappen who has 32 points more than Hamilton.
"It's going to be really close and a big challenge awaits us by the end of the year, but that's what makes the season exciting." "We were certainly ahead in Austria and our car was very good, but in France, we won only a few laps before the end so the championship is very close, maybe even closer than the points situation shows."
"We're getting some pretty tough tracks where Mercedes could have an advantage over us, but we have a great team and we're doing everything we can to try to stay ahead." At Silverstone, a new weekend format will be tested for the first time with the usual qualifiers on Friday afternoon instead of the second practice and sprint qualifiers on Saturday afternoon, and Verstappen says he is open to trying out such a format.
"I'm very open about trying out sprint races and I really like that we will have a little less training before qualifying," said the Dutchman. "But wait, it's hard to say anything before we test the format this weekend."
"Every race you take some risk, but controlled risk, especially when you're fighting for the championship, but this race won't define the end result."
Verstappen set new records
In Austria, Verstappen became the youngest driver in the history of Formula 1 with 50 podiums and the youngest driver to achieve a Grand Slam (Grand Chelem) at 23 years and 277 days - the most in history has Clark (8), and Hamilton is second (6).
). The Dutchman also became the first F1 driver in history to win two races on the same track the same year and is the first Red Bull driver after Vettel in 2013 to win three consecutive pole positions and three consecutive victories.