Verstappen encourages Red Bull to keep striving for better

Max Verstappen wrapped up the Spanish Grand Prix weekend in style with a lights-to-flag victory. However, he's showing that he and Red Bull are not giving up on improving on their game, as Mercedes is also upping their game. 

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Verstappen contended pole position, leading from start to finish. He posted the fastest lap at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over the weekend. This marked his third triumph at the venue and his fifth of this 2023 season so far. This then means that the 25-year-old is now standing at 53 points, eschew of his nearest competition and teammate, Sergio Perez.

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Talking and reflecting on his experience at the wheel, Verstappen commented, “I think it was important of course to try and keep the lead into Turn 1. I know it was quite tight with Carlos Sainz, but actually we had a good start. Then, from there onwards, we just tried to manage the pace on the medium tyre. I knew everyone behind me was mainly on the soft. I think especially the last eight laps of that stint I could really create a big gap." 

He continued, "We went onto the hard tyre and I expected them to be a little bit better, but somehow they just didn’t have a lot of grip and I was sliding around quite a bit. Of course, the pace was still okay, but I couldn’t really create much more of a gap, or not how I would have liked. We just did the amount of laps we had to do on that tyre and then we pitted again for the soft, and that actually felt a lot nicer to drive.”

On his recent run that has had him stretch his championship lead, he said, “It’s a good period, but we have to keep on working and trying to find more performance. I’m happy in the car, and I think the last few weekends have been definitely a lot more positive for me. This is one weekend where I think it went really well, but we also know that maybe at some other tracks it’s not like this. There are still a lot of races to come where we again have to perform really well to try and win the race.”

Verstappen called out to Red Bull to pull up their socks, while also highlighting that he would appreciate more fights with Mercedes, as it pushes both teams to do their best. “Yeah, I think it’s great for the sport in general right, if you have more teams fighting up front,” said Verstappen. Honestly, that would be amazing, to have more drivers really up there. Hopefully throughout the year it will get closer and maybe next year there are more teams really up there.”  

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