Max Verstappen calls for extra tempo after retaking F1 championship lead

Max Verstappen performed down his Formulation One championship benefit on Sunday and stated his Crimson Bull staff wanted to seek out extra tempo to fend off Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes within the final six races of the season.

The championship lead has swung between Verstappen and Hamilton all season, with the title battle wanting prefer it might go all the best way to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December.

Verstappen returned to the highest with second place within the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday and the Dutch 24-year-old is now six factors away from seven occasions world champion Hamilton, who began the day in Istanbul two forward.

The race was gained by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, with Hamilton fifth.

“We have to discover extra tempo as a result of six factors is nothing. I want I had extra tempo. It may be powerful,” Verstappen advised Sky Sports activities tv.

Group boss Christian Horner agreed Crimson Bull had lagged in straight-line pace at a circuit the place Mercedes seemed the quickest they’ve been all yr.

Verstappen hoped the races to come back — three within the Americas and three within the Center East — would go well with his automotive greater than Mercedes.

“They had been positively faster this weekend, we simply did not get it collectively,” stated the Dutch driver. “On the moist in addition they appeared to have the sting. Even with the factors lead, it isn’t going to be straightforward.”

Verstappen, who has gained seven occasions this yr in comparison with Hamilton’s 5, stated on Thursday the end result of this season’s title combat wouldn’t change his life both means.

He stated after Sunday’s race that Crimson Bull would proceed to combat for the title however that he “will not be sleeping much less” in the event that they had been to lose out on the championship.

“We have had a extremely good yr, so it isn’t going to alter the world for me if we end first or second on the finish of the yr,” stated the Dutchman. “We can’t quit, we’ll all the time attempt to do one of the best we will.”

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