Verstappen sees quick Mercedes: 'They've probably stepped it up'

10-10-2021 20:38
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Verstappen sees quick Mercedes: 'They've probably stepped it up'

Max Verstappen finished second in today's Turkish Grand Prix and takes back the lead in the championship. The gap to Lewis Hamilton is only six points. The Dutchman looks ahead to the upcoming races and sees that Mercedes is very fast.

"They were definitely quicker this weekend. We just didn’t get it together and also in the wet they seemed to have a bit of the edge as well. So we’ll have to analyse of course why we weren’t that competitive here and I definitely do think they probably stepped it up a bit more so yeah, even with the points, it’s not going to be easy", Verstappen says during the press conference of the FIA.

"I think I even said it before we even started the weekend, so far we’ve had a really good year so it’s not going to change the world for me if we finish first or second at the end of the day, but I’m always going to give my best and we’ll see again in Austin how it’s going to go. We won’t give up, we’ll always try to do the best we can and hopefully, of course, at the end of the championship it’s going to be enough but if it isn’t I’m not going to sleep less."

Austin will be close

The next race is the United States Grand Prix. Previously, Mercedes was always strong at this track. Verstappen is asked if he expects to be competitive here. "A lot of flat-out sections as well, tyre wear is quite high as well, so there are a few things to look into. I think maybe at some other tracks we can maybe be a bit better, but it’s never going to be very easy."

"The whole year already has been quite close, of course. Sometimes it looked like maybe we were a bit better but then sometimes also they were quite quick. I just hope that from the remaining races there are a few tracks, of course, or more than half, are better for us but we’ll find out."

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