Purple Bull can’t afford slip-ups even with “nice lead”

Verstappen scored his eighth victory of the season in Hungary final weekend to increase his benefit over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc within the drivers’ championship to 80 factors.

It got here regardless of an engine subject in qualifying that compelled Verstappen to start out the race from tenth place on the grid, and a spin throughout the race that price him a few positions.

However Verstappen warned that even with such a wholesome factors buffer, Purple Bull needed to stay vigilant to keep away from any errors that would price it floor within the battle in opposition to Leclerc and Ferrari.

“In fact, it’s an ideal lead,” Verstappen mentioned after the race in Hungary.

“However we can not have too many days like we had [on Saturday]. And even [in the race] we had a number of little points with the clutch and the upshifts, which was not nice to drive.

“Total, in fact, it is good, however we simply carry on working, carry on attempting to enhance issues.”

Reliability proved to be Purple Bull’s achilles’ heel within the early a part of the season as Verstappen failed to complete two of the opening three races, permitting Leclerc to surge 46 factors away from the Dutchman after Australia.

The tables rapidly turned on the entrance as Ferrari paid the value for reliability woes and technique miscues, leaving Purple Bull 97 factors clear within the constructors’ standings going into the summer time break.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing

Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing

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Purple Bull workforce principal Christian Horner echoed Verstappen’s warning in opposition to complacency regardless of admitting the factors tables “look wholesome” proper now.

“It is a good way to log out into the summer time break, however [there is] nonetheless plenty of racing to go,” Horner mentioned.

“Ferrari are fast, Mercedes are coming again into the sport. There’s nonetheless an extended, lengthy strategy to go on this championship, plus a dash race.

“So we do not take something as a right. There’s nonetheless plenty of racing to do. And so they’re very completely different venues.”

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Verstappen’s haul of eight wins to this point this 12 months has put Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher’s shared document of 13 victories in a single season throughout the defending world champion’s attain with 9 races remaining.

However Verstappen gave little thought to his probabilities of beating the document when it was put to him after his Hungary win.

“I do not know, we’ll in fact attempt to win as many as we are able to within the remaining races we now have,” mentioned Verstappen.

“However in fact, extra importantly, we now have to maintain the lead within the championship. That is, in fact, what we now have to try to safe.”

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