Verstappen adamant he will be ready for a title tilt

Date published: January 23 2019

Max Verstappen adamant he will be ready for a title tilt

Max Verstappen insists he will “definitely” be ready for a title charge once he has a car that is capable of fighting for the crown.

The Dutchman is entering his fifth season in Formula 1 but it is one that is shrouded in uncertainty.

Although Red Bull have the ability to produce title-winning cars, no one knows how the Honda engine that will power the RB15 in 2019 will perform.

The team has been bigging up Honda’s power unit, adamant it was the most-improved engine in 2018.

Should Honda and Red Bull get it right, Verstappen is hoping to finally take the fight to Mercedes and Ferrari for the World title.

“I think I can because I’ve done four seasons now, and Lewis, for example, was fighting for a championship in his first season,” he said.

“Are you ready for it? You’re not sure.

“Was he? Maybe yes, maybe not.

“But once you have that car underneath you, you are definitely going for it.

“I think it’s never 100 percent clear if somebody’s ready or not.

“As soon as you have that car you’ve just got to drive it as fast as you can and if it’s the fastest car in the grid you are normally winning races or you are second.”

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Both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have billed the Dutchman as a future World Champion.

“Max has been driving very well throughout the year and has shown his consistency and has been up here many, many times with us,” said Hamilton.

“So if his team does the job and delivers a platform with which he can compete even closer with us, then of course he’ll be in the fight.”

Vettel added: “He’s got all the ingredients. I think there’s a couple of guys out there who have these qualities and Max is certainly one of them. Yeah, I think we’ve seen that.”