Max Verstappen has said he doesn’t care where he wins Formula 1 races, he just wants to win whenever there is a chance to do so.
The Dutchman is up to nine career wins after he clinched victory at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, taking him level with Mark Webber on the all-time winners’ list.
Much is made about winning a home Grand Prix or winning one of jewels in the Formula 1 crown but, for Verstappen, he just wants to stand on the top step of the podium as many times as possible regardless of location.
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“I would like to win any race,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1.
“For me it really doesn’t matter. People, you know, talk about wanting to win Monaco, some dream about a home Grand Prix victory…I don’t care.
“I just want to win every race. It really doesn’t matter.
“If I would never win, let’s say a home Grand Prix, but I would have won any other Grand Prix then I’m happy with that because that means you have been winning a lot of races.”
Even though his comments suggest that he has a complete focus on the races, Verstappen has said he still won’t overlook the importance of qualifying despite the clear Mercedes’ dominance.
“No you still always want to do well in qualifying because that can make your race a lot easier,” he added.
“I don’t think, well at least from our side, it’s never really that you go into qualifying thinking we’re going to set it up as a ‘race’ car because, at the end of the day, you just have to take a bit of front flap out and the car should be fine.”
Verstappen is 37 points behind World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton, but Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko is not giving up hope on the title just yet.
“We still have certain disadvantages with our chassis, which is somehow unpredictable because data from the wind tunnel is not reflected on the track,” Marko told Speedweek.com.
“But we’re working hard on that.
“We are bringing new parts to Belgium again to promote stability.
“We’re not even at half-time now, and at some point Mercedes’ lucky streak must end.”