Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has revealed that he doesn’t “really believe in momentum swings” as he enters the 2021 US Grand Prix with a six point lead over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the title fight.
Verstappen finished second in Turkey to regain the championship lead from Hamilton, after previously losing the lead in Russia despite charging from 20th to second following a power unit change.
The 24 year-old though has admitted that following five changes of the title lead so far this season, he isn’t looking ahead to the future with six races left,
“I don’t really believe in momentum swings, we always have to nail every aspect of the weekend to optimise our performance, prepare as best we can and if we do that then we can’t give anything more as a Team.”, said Verstappen who has finished in the top four in four of five previous visits to Austin, Texas.
Verstappen added that his biggest question heading into each weekend is whether Red Bull are competitive enough, adding: “We have a very competitive car but you have to compare it to Mercedes and that is always the big question mark going into any race this season.”
Subtly referencing to the prospects of having to learn to handle the bumps which are likely to cause issues all weekend, Verstappen said: “Every single week there are new challenges which we must overcome and this one will be no different, a lot of things can happen in a race, so we will focus on ourselves and no one else.”
USA though has often been a race that has eluded Verstappen’s grasp victory wise but the Dutchman is desperate to end that hoodoo now, as he commented: “We have always been competitive in the US and have got close to some good results, so it’s about converting that into a win now.”
Looking ahead to future races which includes Mexico and Brazil where he has previously recorded race wins, Verstappen is confident that he can push forward, as he added: “We go to every track now knowing that we can fight at least for a podium now, but also a win and that is different to past years.
“We are focussed on doing the best we can and always trying to win the race and that will be no different in Austin. It will be another close battle this weekend and I am looking forward to that.”