By the time the Austrian Grand Prix concluded, it was clear that Max Verstappen is going to be a tough man to beat this season.

After scoring yet another lights-to-flag victory, he managed to extend his lead over Lewis Hamilton by 32 points.

This has placed him at the top of the driver’s standings.

Even with the Dutchman’s dominance, Red Bull advisor, Helmut Marko, has revealed that there was more that his car was capable of.

He also stated that there is a lot more to come in the upcoming races.

Verstappen ran with less power

Max has earned his fifth win of the season and his third in a row at the Red Bull Ring.

He even managed to finish a massive 17 seconds ahead of P2 contender Valtteri Bottas despite stopping twice for fresh tyres.

Despite this massive gap, Marko revealed that Verstappen was told to switch to a lower power setting for his engine.

He also said that even if Mercedes ran with full power, they would be unable to catch up with Red Bull.

What did Marko say?

โ€œLewis Hamilton ran at full power for certain phases,” Marko said.

“Max at one point scaled back the engine and ran with less power because we asked him to.

โ€œItโ€™s reassuring and gives us a good feeling to know Mercedes is trying to get closer. But with a Honda engine that delivers less power, she canโ€™t get close to us,” he stated.

Weekend was highlight of three races: Marko

The 78-year-old also thinks that the pace difference between Red Bull and Mercedes was highlighted very well during the race last weekend.

โ€œEverything gets easier when you drive at the front. That became even clearer this weekend than last week. This weekend was the highlight of the last three races,” he mentioned.

With 14 races left in the season, Verstappen has taken a massive lead over his counterparts.

With the British Grand Prix in two weeks, Lewis Hamilton might be in line to put up a tough fight.

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