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How many more wins are Honda expecting from Verstappen?

Although Red Bull missed out on victory in Turkey, Honda are confident the team will take the chequered flag a few more times between now and the end of the season.

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Honda believe Max Verstappen can secure at least three more wins to close out the 2021 F1 season as the Red Bull driver pushes for his first career World Championship.

The Dutchman leads Lewis Hamilton by six points heading into the final six races of the season, with F1 set to visit the Circuit of the Americas in the United States this weekend.

Although Honda Managing Director Masashi Yamamoto isn't counting on Verstappen taking the chequered flag in Austin, the Japanese manufacturer expect some more wins between now and the end of the campaign.

"I think we can win three more races. Brazil and Mexico, but also Abu Dhabi," Yamamoto told Auto Sport Web. "We won there from pole position last year.

"The races I have no idea about are Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi will be good races. I am hoping for a good result."

Verstappen leads the championship after finishing second in Turkey, while Hamilton could only muster a fifth-place finish.

Red Bull ran a special white livery with red highlights in Honda's honour that weekend, and while Yamamoto was hoping to take the chequered flag, he was pleased the team managed to finish with both cars on the podium.

Yamamoto added: "It was a good result for us, especially after the disappointing Friday. Sergio Perez was impressive and did very well. There was some disappointment that we couldn't win the race with Verstappen, but it was good to be on the podium with two drivers. They looked proud.

"The support of the Japanese people helped us regain the lead. If we can hold on to that after the race in the United States and lead heading into Mexico and Brazil, the title fight will be very interesting."

As for the race in the United States, Yamamoto is keen to see Verstappen keep his lead in the standings ahead of a visit to Mexico.

"We need to make sure we are in good shape there [in the USA]. Max is very keen to go to Mexico and Brazil as the championship leader. Then we have races in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. I hope we still have the advantage in the title fight at the end," he concluded.

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