The Dutch driver is at present two factors behind Hamilton with seven races of the present marketing campaign remaining, as he contests his first F1 championship battle.
Verstappen’s contest with Hamilton in 2021 has featured a number of flash factors – with their greatest clashes coming within the crashes at Silverstone and Monza – whereas he has additionally misplaced factors in unlucky incidents in Baku and at Budapest.
Regardless of these misplaced factors, Verstappen says he and Pink Bull are “very relaxed, but in addition very centered” as there’s “nothing you’ll be able to pressure or you must stress about as a result of we at all times wish to do the most effective we will anyway” – talking within the pre-event press convention for this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix.
When requested how he stays relaxed contemplating the pressures and expectations on a driver concerned in a title battle, Verstappen replied: “I at all times do my greatest and I do know that the staff can be doing the most effective they will.
“And if that’s going to be first on the finish of the 12 months – that’s after all an incredible achievement and that’s what we work for, proper?
“However, even when we’d end second, I feel we’d nonetheless have had an important season.
“And on the finish of the day it’s not likely going to alter my life.
“I imply, I get pleasure from what I’m doing, and I feel that’s additionally crucial. For me, there’s not a lot to fret about actually.”
Max Verstappen, Pink Bull Racing RB16B
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
Verstappen additionally began that he now has “fairly a robust bundle now with the contemporary engine” that was fitted to his automobile forward of final month’s Russian Grand Prix.
“[So] we simply carry on creating, carry on pushing, carry on making an attempt to have a greater stability within the automobile,” he added.
“As a result of that’s after all by no means excellent. And yeah, we’ll attempt to after all have that right here [in Turkey].
“However, at this observe, there are plenty of unknowns for the time being – simply when it comes to grip degree already [with the Istanbul Park surface being water blasted ahead of the upcoming race to make it rougher to improve grip after the new asphalt laid in 2020 was extremely slippery].
“We first need to take care of that.”
Regardless of the increase from the contemporary Honda engine that he took to second place final day out at Sochi, Verstappen nonetheless reckons “the upcoming races can be robust” within the battle with Mercedes.
He continued: “As a result of I don’t actually know the place it’s going to be. Are we in entrance? Are we simply behind?
“I feel some tracks will in all probability be a bit higher for us, or not less than on paper, and doubtless some can be a bit higher for them.
“So, hopefully it’ll simply proceed prefer it has been for the previous couple of races. It’s very shut and we will have an excellent battle.”