Max Verstappen believes Sergio Perez’s no score at the Monaco Grand Prix does not change the Formula 1 title battle between the two of them.
The two-time world champion converted pole position into victory on the streets of Monte-Carlo while Perez failed to score after crashing in qualifying, forcing him to start last on a notoriously tough track to overtake.
But even though Verstappen has now pulled a gap over his Red Bull teammate, he does not believe it will change anything for either driver in the long run this season.
“Obviously the team wanted to score more points but that’s Monaco,” Verstappen told select members of the press, including Total-Motorsport.com, ahead of the 2023 Spanish GP
“I’ve been in that position myself but that [Perez‘s no score] doesn’t change anything for me. You still need to be very consistent and you can’t afford any mistakes.
“At the moment, it looks like best case you win, worst case you’re second
Plans for the future
Verstappen was asked by the media whether he knew what his future goals were in the sport but the championship leader didn’t really have a solid goal in mind.
“I just want to keep on doing what I’m doing,” Verstappen added. “I need to have a good car for that but I don’t know how long that’s going to last.
“I constantly want to try and improve myself every single year, sometimes that works better at some races than others but my goal was to win the championship, I’ve done that.
“Now it’s about enjoying it, of course I’ll try to win as many races as I can but I’m not one who is aiming to break all the records.”