Max Verstappen puts down the gauntlet to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with a definitive message.
In order to beat Lewis Hamilton this season, Max Verstappen swears to keep his sights on the prize.
Max Verstappen of Red Bull has revealed that at this stage in his career, he doesn’t care about establishing records; all he wants is a world championship to his name, as the former championship leader tries to beat Lewis Hamilton to the title.
Verstappen already holds a number of records, and he added two more during the triple-header in France and the two races in Austria.
The Dutchman became the first driver to win all three races of a triple-header and the youngest driver to win a grand slam at a race (pole, race win, fastest lap, and leading every lap).
Verstappen, on the other hand, says it’s not something he’s concerned about.
“I’m not interested in setting records; my goal is to win the championship; that’s the only thing that counts to me,” the Red Bull driver added. “The victories in Austria were fantastic. The victory at Monaco was also quite wonderful, although there have been a lot of nice ones so far this season.”
After spending all of 2020 racing behind closed doors owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, Formula One has gradually reintroduced spectators to circuits.
Verstappen also missed his famous “orange army,” a group of ardent admirers that follow the Dutchman throughout the globe.
“It’s nice to have the fans back at the track; it restores a sense of normalcy. It’s amazing to have that atmosphere at the track with so many Orange Army fans.”
After two great weekends for Mercedes and, in particular, Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull has dropped to second in the Constructors’ Championship.
In the meanwhile, Verstappen commended his teammate Sergio Perez, who joined Red Bull at the start of the season.
“He’s a terrific teammate, and we’ve had a good first few months together,” Verstappen concluded.
“We get along great; he’s a really nice man with whom I can talk about anything, not just racing. It’s always a plus to have that.”
Hamilton currently has an eight-point lead over Verstappen on his way to becoming F1’s most decorated driver.
In the meantime, Red Bull and Verstappen have vowed to make amends ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix in “Brinkwire Summary News”.