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F1 | Italian GP | Verstappen: "I am always relaxed" as he enjoys commanding championship lead

Max Verstappen is remaining relaxed heading into the Italian Grand Prix at Monza as he enjoys a commanding championship lead.

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F1 | Italian GP | Verstappen: "I am always relaxed" as he enjoys commanding championship lead
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Championship leader Max Verstappen explained that he is always calm in spite of his sizeable advantage atop the standings but he still wants to take more victories.

The Dutchman driver currently leads the championship by 109 points over Charles Leclerc after winning his home Grand Prix at Zandvoort.

Verstappen said: “I’m always relaxed even last year when the lead wasn’t that big I think we always felt good and confident but of course with the lead we have now it’s nice but we still want to win more races.

The reigning world champion has endured a chequered history with the Italian Grand Prix having never stood on the podium. He also crashed with his title rival Lewis Hamilton last season as both drivers retired from the race.

Despite Verstappen’s commanding lead, Ferrari and in particular Leclerc pushed the 24-year-old hard winning two of the first three races.

Verstappen explained that Red Bull’s RB18B lacked raw one lap speed in the opening stages of the campaign but overcame the deficit through superior strategy.

He said: “Especially in the beginning of the year over one lap we just didn’t have the pace and we had to get everything together in the race to be able to win races.

“And besides that of course also around us I think some races due to strategy and stuff we got ahead not on pure pace so I think that explains a little bit why we have less pole positions but at the moment more wins.”

The 30-time Grand Prix winner lamented Monza’s DRS trains making overtaking difficult on the fastest track on the Formula 1 calendar.

“Even last year it was just impossible for me to get by because of the straight line speed the McLaren had at the time so it depends also a bit how your car is. 

“Around here you can chase top speed or cornering a little bit. With these cars overtaking will probably be a little bit better but the problem is when you are in a DRS train you can’t do anything if you have the fastest car heading the DRS train.”

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