Max Verstappen has key concern despite championship hold over Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen says Red Bull can’t get too complacent in their fierce title battle with Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton despite extending his lead by 19 points over the seven-time world champion. Back-to-back victories in America and Mexico has seen the championship swing in Verstappen’s direction, with just four races left of the season.

However, there are still 107 points up for grabs, and an unpredictable sprint qualifying set in place for the Brazillian Grand Prix.

When asked by Sky Sports F1 if he felt he could start to take his foot off the gas, Verstappen replied: “Ah no, there is a long way to go. It’s, of course, looking good but also it can turn around very quickly but I’m looking forward to Brazil. I have also very good memories there.

“I don’t believe in momentum, so, every single race we have to try and nail the details and we didn’t do that yesterday [qualifying], so you know, things can go wrong very quickly, or can go right.

“So, it’s going to be really tight and exciting to the end. This has been always a track really good for us, so I expect Brazil not to be like it was today.”

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Yet asked if Brazil was a must-win, Hamilton replied: “I naturally feel I need to be winning every race, because we need those extra points, not to lose those points, to try and regain, that was the goal going into the last race and the race before that and before that and here this weekend.

“But it just, you know, they’re just too quick, so giving it absolutely everything we’ve got but unfortunately it’s not enough at the moment to compete with them.”

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