Red Bull approaches the British GP hoping to increase their record winning streak: it's the first time that the Austrian team has secured five wins in a row in the turbo-hybrid era, with four of them signed by championship leader Max Verstappen, who hopes to increase the gap behind him in the drivers' standings.
The Dutch driver, in his sixth season with the team, has a 32 points advantage on Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton. The German team will bring at Silverstone an update package, and Verstappen in today's press conference hoped that his car will still be up to speed with Hamilton's:
"We know that Mercedes are bringing upgrades so we have to wait and see. At the moment I don't really know. Also, with the format we have this weekend, it's going to be a little bit different. Of course, I expect us to be competitive but difficult to say where we'll end up, but I'm looking forward to it."
The Dutchman, who achieved his first Grand Slam in the last Austrian Gap, is obviously satisfied with his 2021 form, and ready to tackle the next round:
"We are very focused, just ready for the race weekend again. Of course we've been happy with the last few races but we always look at things we could do better and that's what we'll try and do this weekend again.”
When asked if winning the British GP would carry added meaning, considering that it's home race to his main title rival, he denied:
“We've had already proper tests before. So it's just another weekend which we try to win. And if we can, we will win, and if we can't then we'll finish somewhere else.”
He suspends his judgement on the sprint race format debuting this weekend, focusing on stacking up as many points as he can:
"I'm not for or against it at the moment. I'll just let it happen and see how how it will work out. For the race, you try to win it. It's three extra points you can gain, so you definitely try to win it. Even though of course you know that Sunday is the most important race."
"At the moment, I think we first need to do a weekend like this and then we can properly judge everything," he concluded.