Max Verstappen took advantage of the F1 Championship on Sunday, saying the Red Bull team needs to find more pace to dodge Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in the last six races of the season.
The championship lead has been rocking between Verstappen and Hamilton throughout the season, and it looks like the title battle could continue until the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December.
Verstappen returned to second place at the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, with the 24-year-old Dutch six points behind seven-time world champion Hamilton, who started the day in Istanbul two times earlier.
The race was won by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, with Hamilton in fifth.
“I don’t have any 6 points, so I need to find more pace. I wish I had more pace. That would be difficult,” Verstappen told Sky Sports TV.
Team boss Christian Horner agreed that Red Bull was lagging behind at a linear speed on the circuit where Mercedes looked the fastest of the year.
Verstappen wanted future races (three in the Americas and three in the Middle East) to fit his car better than Mercedes.
“They were definitely fast this weekend. We couldn’t put it all together,” said the Dutch driver. “In the wet, they also seemed to have an edge. If the points lead, it won’t be easy.”
Verstappen, who won seven times this year compared to Hamilton’s five, said Thursday that the outcome of this season’s title battle would not change his life.
He said Red Bull would continue to compete for the title after the race on Sunday, but if they lose the championship, he “will not lose sleep.”
“This year was a really good year, so finishing first or second at the end of the year wouldn’t change the world for me,” said the Dutch. “We will not give up. We will always do our best.”
Max Verstappen demands more pace after regaining F1 championship lead
https://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/32378992/max-verstappen-demands-more-pace-retaking-f1-championship-lead Max Verstappen demands more pace after regaining F1 championship lead