Whereas Lewis Hamilton can sail off into the sundown duringthe off-season happy with his sixth world title, Max Verstappen can be sitting in his household house in Belgium content material with the strides he has made, however plotting his subsequent strikes up the F1 grid.
His shows within the second half of the season, specifically, have confirmed why he’s thought of essentially the most thrilling driver within the sport and the person who might probably problem Hamilton in 2020.
Verstappenhas arguably been one of many high two drivers of the season, apart from Hamilton, who has recorded 10 wins compared to the Dutchman’s three victories and eight podiums.
However Verstappen has extracted the utmost from his Crimson Bull at each grand prix to this point and is just not afraid to get his elbows soiled when the going will get powerful.
His hard-earned triumph in Brazil two weeks in the past, when having to fend off Hamilton for giant spells of the race, and capitalising on his second pole of the season, was chic.
It was a 10 out of 10 efficiency for the Monaco resident who dominated all classes all through the weekend at Interlagos and once more reaffirmed his standing as being the long run world champion within the making.
Chatting with Sport360 at Yas Marina Circuit, Verstappen stated: “I think it’s been an alright season. The three victories were nice. We had our difficulties at the start of the season, then after the summer break, but overall, we learned a lot so it’s been positive. I think everyone is just excited for next year as well.”
Given he’s such a longtime identify and one of the vital standard drivers on the grid, it’s simple to overlook Verstappen is simply 22 and stays the person Hamilton admits is holding him motivated.
The previous Toro Rosso driver, who will make his 102nd race begin this weekend, is mature past his years and his aggression, confidence and excellent race craft reveals he has all the appropriate instruments to be a menace for years to return.
And whereas Verstappen is somebody who isnt afraid to voice his feelings, hes additionally equally adept at blocking out the noise of his potential achievements and huge potential within the sport.
“For me it doesn’t change anything. I just have to focus on myself. You have to believe in yourself that it is possible. I think if we have the car, then as a team, I am confident we can do it,” he stated.
“I enjoy what I’m doing so it doesn’t add any pressure. I listen to the people close to me who have been involved in my career a lot. I trust myself and I have fun. It’s not all about F1. Your life is about more than that. Many drivers forget that sometimes. I have a good balance with things off the track too.”
A relaxed determine, Verstappen has all of the attributes essential to win a world championship. Now, it’s a matter of Crimson Bull and Honda offering him with a title successful automobile.
Honda was criticised throughout its three-12 months relationship with McLaren. Nonetheless, the producer has loved higher reliability this season, with Crimson Bull sitting third within the constructors’ standings on 391 factors, 88 factors behind Ferrari.
The group have some strides to make earlier than the beginning of the 2020 season, however Verstappen is assured the Honda-powered engine will permit them to shut the hole on Mercedes once more subsequent marketing campaign.
“Throughout the season, they really improved a lot. I think we are close to Mercedes and we are still closing the gap to Ferrari,” stated Verstappen.
“I think next year is a good basis to start from what we have now. We’ll find out at the beginning of the season how others have improved. I’m feeling confident.”
Within the season ending race, Verstappen has completed 4th, fifth and third respectively throughout his time at Crimson Bull, with his finest qualifying place being sixth on three successive events.
Anticipate that to alter this weekend although, such is the facility of the RB13 and the boldness of the person behind the wheel.
“Driving into the night is special thing to have. It’s the end of the season. Everyone is relaxed but you also want to finish on a high and have a good result,” he stated.
“The corners are quite slow here in Abu Dhabi, so you have to be precise with hitting the apex. If you make a mistake on one corner, you will miss the other one. It’s good to have a different challenge around the calendar.”
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