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Verstappen believes "it would be a mistake to relax" against Ferrari

Max Verstappen reaches the second part of the season, which will start this weekend with the 2022 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, with the leadership of the drivers’ world championship in his pocket thanks to his 258 points, which allow him to see life from a privileged position.

With nine races remaining to conclude a course that to date has left us with a two-way battle between Red Bull and Ferrari, although Mercedes has come dangerously close as the appointments have progressed, the Dutch driver leads Charles Leclerc , the second classified at this stage of the campaign, with a total of 80 units.

Although the difference is reasonably large, Verstappen prefers not to trust himself and assures that both he and his team will face each grand prix with the aim of reaping the maximum number of victories possible in this second half of the season.

“I think it would be a mistake to relax. I mean, there are a lot of things that can still go wrong, or that can go right too. Our intention is to win more races. And that’s how we’re going to approach every weekend, it’s not worth it. with being seconds”.

“And on top of that, not just winning, but we want to be consistent. That’s basically how we approach the start of the season as well, but of course we had some little problems. Let’s see how competitive we are now,” said the dutch

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen at the wheel of his Red Bull Racing RB18 at the 2022 Formula 1 Hungarian GP

Although the distance between Verstappen and Leclerc , as well as the one that separates Red Bull from Ferrari, is very large from an objective point of view, the pure performance of both has been very even, a fact for which the Austrians prefer to remain vigilant, because in Formula 1 anything can happen.

“I don’t think the points reflect how the season has been in terms of competitiveness, because I think in none of the races so far have we been, shall we say, clearly dominant, they have always been very narrow margins. And yes, I hope that continues to be the case. “.

In addition to having to keep a close eye on the Maranello team, the current world champion revealed that Red Bull will also have to pay close attention to capping costs in the second half of the year, especially when it comes to updating the RB18, something that during the first part of the campaign they did almost constantly.

“You have the budget cap. So of course you have to do a lot of planning. Mind you, when we think something is much better, we will immediately put it in the car. Anything that helps us to be faster is welcome.”

This weekend, at the Belgian GP, the FIA’s changes to control the porpoising and flooring of F1 single-seaters in 2022 will come into force, a series of modifications that would allegedly harm Red Bull and Ferrari more than his rivals, to which Verstappen responded with surprise: “Well, I don’t think it’s necessarily going to hurt us.”

“I mean, right now, I don’t think it’s very clear how much it’s going to hurt each team.”

“I think they have gone a bit far with these changes. Because I think that already in the last few races, you can see that most of the teams had it more or less under control. Also the ones who asked for these modifications had it much more under control!” , concluded the Dutchman.

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