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F1 | Belgian GP | No let-up for Verstappen in spite of big points gap: "It would be wrong to relax"

Max Verstappen has vowed to continue pushing hard as he attempts to win a second consecutive Drivers' Championship.

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F1 | Belgian GP | No let-up for Verstappen in spite of big points gap: "It would be wrong to relax"
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A superb win from 10th on the grid last time out in Hungary sees Max Verstappen hold an 80-point lead in the World Championship as the championship resumes at Spa on Sunday.

Despite a very healthy lead in the standings, the reigning World Champion is not going to be more chilled out. He had trailed Charles Leclerc by 46 points after three rounds because of reliability issues, before a remarkable swing of 126 points happened at the next ten events. 

“I think it would be wrong to relax. So many things can still go wrong or can go right," said Verstappen to the media at Spa on Thursday.

“I think the intention of us is that we want to win more races, and that’s how we approach the remaining races. Besides that, we want to be consistent, don’t want to retire and basically how we approached the beginning of the season as well.

“Of course we had our little issues in the beginning (DNFs in Bahrain and Australia) – but we’ll see how competitive we’re going to be now in the upcoming races.”

On the subject of complacency, the 24-year-old says a driver should quit the sport if they start thinking like that.

“I think that’s not allowed. That can happen when you stop racing.

“If that would be the case [to be complacent], I think it’s also time to stop racing because then you don’t want it enough anymore.”

Verstappen is confident his team has the same mentality as him when it comes to continuing with the same intensity as they had before the summer break.

“I think the whole team thinks the same way, we want to win more races. We’re not here to say ‘oh we can only finish P2 or P3, that’s okay’. We don’t work like that.

“We always want the best, we want to win, we don’t want to give wins to other teams just for being safe.

“Of course we know we always have to finish the race first of all without any issues – but I mean there’s still nine races to go – and we’re targeting to win nine races.”

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