Despite the intense title battle with Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen is not only trying to focus on the much-discussed title fight. In addition to the busy activities on and off the track, there must also be time for other things and he tries not to be too distracted.
Max Verstappen is already trying not to look too much at the points and the World Cup standings. Verstappen also tries to avoid reading too many articles in the media, after all, that only distracts. Focus must be there, but so is healthy distraction.
“I’m always very neutral on that front, I try not to read too many positives or negatives,” Verstappen said in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
“I come to the race weekend and I focus on Formula 1. I do my things off track, like preparing myself in the simulator, but I also keep myself busy with a lot of other things and I think that helps.”
Despite the fact that this is the penultimate race of the season and it will be driven on a completely new circuit, Verstappen approaches the race weekend in Saudi Arabia just like any other race weekend.
“I approach it like the rest of the season, nothing changes,” said Verstappen. “It’s a new track so first of all we need to get to know the track and see how it goes in the first practice session. Other than that, I just focus on the weekend and try to be as competitive as possible.”
Verstappen is currently eight points ahead of Lewis Hamilton, but Mercedes’ F1 car seems to be a lot more competitive than Red Bull’s in recent races. However, Verstappen, together with Red Bull and engine partner Honda, wants to do everything in their power to win in Saudi Arabia.
“We are very motivated, this circuit creates different new opportunities for everyone, not just for us,” Verstappen looks ahead to the race weekend at the brand new Jeddah Street Circuit.
“Hopefully it will be an exciting weekend. I hope we are competitive but it’s a little too early to say that.”
“On the simulator it is already a very, very fast track. I’m looking forward to riding the track in real life.”
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