Max Verstappen has issued a warning to Mercedes before the Belgian Grand Prix.

The first half of the season is over and done with, and Verstappen is having his best one so far. However, it’s still not good enough, and he is behind Lewis Hamilton in the standings. He also had terrible races the last two times, and is looking to make amends and challenge for the title.

Speaking to Motorsport.com about the Belgian Grand Prix and his plans for it, Verstappen said, ”Spa is my favourite circuit and of course a sort of home race, so I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of fans at a track I really enjoy. Then we head to Zandvoort for the first time in 36 years. A few years ago I never expected that track to be on the calendar.

”I think it’s different at every circuit. We already knew from last year that we lacked power and overall had less grip. I think this year we have made big steps in both areas. Some tracks were good for us, on other tracks Mercedes was better.

Verstappen sets his sights on Mercedes: 'Have things in the pipeline too'
Max Verstappen (pictured) has laid down the challenge to Mercedes. Source: gpblog.com

“We’ve had a lot of good results, but we’ve also had some bad luck with the race in Baku and of course the last two races, where we lost a lot of points. So there is a lot to fight for.

“I think Mercedes had the advantage the last two races with their latest upgrades, but we know we have some things in the pipeline as well. I hope that will give us some lap time,” the Dutchman concluded.

Strong position

Verstappen is having the best season of his career, and he has never been in a better position at this stage of the F1 schedule. He has also never won the championship in his career, and this is his chance to win his maiden championship.

Verstappen will be seen at the Belgian Grand Prix. With the fans behind him, he will look to win and put pressure on Hamilton and Mercedes.

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