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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has concluded it “doesn’t really matter” how many titles he wins, as once he’s secure one “you’ve completed it. Verstappen has been battling it out all season to stop Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton from winning an eighth world title, his fifth in a row.
The pair have been involved in some heated battles on track, with their team bosses exchanging some equally passionate words off-track in one of the most memorable seasons in Formula One history.
Now, the championship looks set to go down to the wire in Abu Dhabi, with the Dutchman currently holding an eight-point lead over Hamilton in what could be a grandstand finish.
Yet, after a big blowout between Mercedes and Red Bull at Silverstone, and then again in Italy when the Dutchman’s car ended up wedged on top of the Mercedes, tensions boiled over again in Brazil as the pair very nearly tangled for the third time.
And for Verstappen, he’s no rookie in the championship after joining the grid at the age of 17, but this is the first season he’s been in a position with Red Bull to take on Mercedes.
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But once he’s done that, the 24-year-old isn’t too bothered how many more titles come in the future.
“In F1 not so much,” he told the BBC’s Chequered Flag podcast asked what his goals would be going forward if he won the 2021 championship.
“Because that’s it, you’ve completed it, and it then doesn’t really matter anymore how many you win because you’ve already won one.
“Of course, I would always try to win more, but that’s done, that’s the final goal, and will, of course, work very hard to try and achieve that, and after that, there’s a lot less pressure.”
He went on to add once he’s won a title, he will start to think about what else there is to achieve past F1.
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“Of course, I will have a lot of fun driving, then maybe slowly you start to think about other stuff outside of Formula 1 to achieve,” he added.
Verstappen had to settle for second place in Qatar for the second race in a row behind Hamilton, with the seven-time world champion closing the gap to just eight points.
With only two races remaining in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, Verstappen is the only driver who can mathematically win the title at the penultimate round, if Hamilton has a disastrous weekend.
Verstappen would have to win with the fastest lap, with Hamilton finishing sixth or lower, or he wins and the Briton is seventh or lower.
The Dutchman can also seal the title if he finishes second with the fastest lap and Hamilton is tenth or lower, or if Hamilton suffers a DNF and Verstappen finishes second or higher.
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