Verstappen not bothered by Mercedes – “I am feeling calm”

Max Verstappen insisted that he was not bothered with Mercedes and their increased pace as the season draws to a close.

Red Bull and Verstappen have been second-best for a while, with Mercedes and their drivers romping to victories and podiums at the expense of their rivals.

In the Dutchman’s case, he has not won the last two races, and only holds an eight-point lead in the championship standings. With only two races to go, there is every chance he ends up losing his first championship opportunity.

Despite the added pressure and a slower car on paper, Verstappen is not bothered by Mercedes, and said that he is looking to do his talking on the track.

“I’m feeling calm, I know that I will always try to do the best that I can and we’ll just find out where we are going to end up,” he said, as quoted by

“Nothing has been decided yet and we are all up for the challenge. There’s still a lot of racing left to do and we are going to give it our all that’s for sure. It’s going to be an exciting end to the season.”

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Middle East vibes

Verstappen also gave his thoughts on racing in Qatar and the upcoming race in Saudi Arabia.

“It (Qatar GP) wasn’t too bad and it wasn’t too good!” he continued.

“I was positively surprised by the overtaking possibilities there, the start was good and necessary of course after the penalty.

“We still lacked quite a bit of pace compared to Mercedes, so we’ll see how we get on this weekend. The track in Qatar was definitely one of my favourites, it was a lot of fun to drive.

“I’ve driven the track (Saudi one) on the simulator and it seems like a really fast track, so there’s no room for error. It’s going to be interesting and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s been fun to go to different tracks again this year,” the 24-year-old concluded.

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