Verstappen refusing to rule out title tilt

Date published: July 3 2018

Three podiums in three races, including the win in Austria, and Max Verstappen reckons he still has a shot at this year’s World title.

After a troubled start to the campaign, the Dutchman has found his form of late resulting in a good run of top-three results.

Verstappen capped that in Austria on Sunday when he brought his RB14 home in first place, his first win of this season.

The result pushed him up to fifth in the championship on 93 points, 53 behind Sebastian Vettel.

Asked if he could realistically challenge for the World title, the 20-year-old told Sky Sports: “Well we never give up like I said.

“It’s a good run we are having now but we still a bit more engine power and then we can definitely be in the mix.”

Meanwhile team boss Christian Horner believes Red Bull, with Daniel Ricciardo, three points ahead of Verstappen in the standings still have an outside chance of winning the title.

“I think we see ourselves very much as outsiders,” Horner told ESPN.

“We discussed it with Renault obviously, and there will be no nicer way of them to sign off this partnership than with an engine that hopefully produces some more wins and who knows what else.

“I think what’s concerning for us, Mercedes and Ferrari recently look like they’ve made a good step as well. Of course nothing in Formula 1 stands still.

“Hopefully there’ll be small incremental gains over coming races because if we can do a better job on Saturdays, we have the pace in the race on Sundays.

“I think we’ve got sharp strategies, we’ve got a great pit crew, and I think that if we can improve our Saturdays, as I said, we’ll be racing more at the front.”

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