Verstappen’s victory within the Monaco Grand Prix has left him heading F1’s drivers’ championship rankings for the primary time in his profession. His Purple Bull workforce can also be on prime of the constructors’ desk for the primary time since 2013.
However regardless of the importance of the second that highlights the combat Mercedes has proper now, Vettel doesn’t assume that Verstappen will really take any profit from being on prime of the factors.
As an alternative, Vettel says that the perfect factor for the Dutchman is definitely that he is aware of he has a automotive that’s able to preventing for victory at each race.
“I do not assume it [leading the championship] makes an enormous distinction at this stage,” stated four-time champion Vettel.
“I feel in case you are in rivalry, that is the primary factor that offers you peace of thoughts. You already know that you’ve a very good automotive, you have obtained a very good workforce round you and you will get the job completed.
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21
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“I feel clearly, for those who’re forward, you wish to be sure you end in entrance of whoever’s behind you and improve the hole. However, like I stated, it’s nonetheless very early, it is solely like 5 races. So we nonetheless have plenty of races to return, and the primary factor is that you simply’re there or thereabouts.”
Verstappen’s predominant title rival Lewis Hamilton additionally says that the factors scenario now in the end means nothing – because the method to every race doesn’t change.
“I’m nonetheless searching, you might be searching the entire 12 months whether or not you might be forward, or in case you are behind, so it doesn’t actually really feel any completely different for me,” he stated forward of the Baku GP.
“We’re all searching that very same objective, proper? Successful races and successful championships. So, I feel we’re all hunters.”
Verstappen stated that from Purple Bull’s perspective, the one factor it was serious about was doing a fair higher job than it had completed within the first 5 races.
“After all everybody is targeted that it must proceed to go effectively for a very long time, so not simply up till this second,” he stated.
“It’s extra essential that we’re on prime on the finish of the season. However the ambiance may be very optimistic, everyone was very pleased after Monaco, in fact.
“However additionally they know we have now to proceed like this and that we have now to do higher than within the first 5 races.”