Max Verstappen is not taking the 2022 world championship lightly, insisting that he is still “chasing” Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
The reigning world champion leads Leclerc by 38 points, but many in the racetrack believe Ferrari has the fastest car.
“It feels like we’re still chasing,” Red Bull‘s Verstappen told Algemeen.
Leclerc, for example, easily won in Austria two weeks ago.
When asked what the issue was,
Verstappen answered: “Not the tyres, not even the setup.
“The whole package was just not quite right,” the Dutchman said.
“I’m not going to go into detail about what was wrong, but it didn’t help that it was a sprint weekend. Then you gradually find out that it doesn’t work and then your time is limited to do something about it.”
However, he insists he has had a similar feeling all the way through the first part of the season so far.
“I don’t think we’ve had one very dominant weekend yet,” said the 24-year-old.
“At the start we were chasing, trying to beat Ferrari. After that they had some failures, we took advantage of that, or we won strategically,” Verstappen added.
“In general, I think Ferrari has been more dominant than us and we are still chasing. The car is also still too heavy, which costs us time.
“So we have to keep working, keep bringing updates that have an effect. We have no guarantees.”