Max Verstappen states that Mercedes was simply far too strong for Red Bull Racing this weekend and that second place was the maximum result. The Dutchman expects the rest of the season to be very difficult, but emphasizes that winning the world title is not the most important thing.
Verstappen started from second place on Sunday afternoon, with Valtteri Bottas ahead of him on pole. The Dutchman had a good start, but had to recognize his superior in Bottas, who almost immediately managed to draw a hole. While the Mercedes driver drove to victory without too many problems, Verstappen was able to seize second place and thus take the championship lead back from Lewis Hamilton. Although Verstappen is now back at the top of the standings, he has to admit that he still has a long way to go.
“They (Mercedes) were definitely faster this weekend, we just couldn’t do it,” Verstappen said during the press conference. “Even in the wet conditions, they seemed to have a lead. Of course we will have to analyze why we were not so competitive here. I definitely think they went the extra mile, so yeah. It won’t be easy with the points balance, but yeah…”
Verstappen will not be fooled
“I think I already said it before the weekend, but we’ve had a really good year so far. So it won’t make a world of difference whether we end up second or first. I will always do my best and then we will see how it goes in Austin. We will not give up, will always do our best and hopefully by the end of this year it will be enough. But if it isn’t, I won’t lose a minute of sleep over it.”