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Max Verstappen

How Verstappen is using the summer break to strengthen his advantage

Max Verstappen and Red Bull comfortably lead the Drivers' and Constructors' standings at the halfway point of the season, but the partnership won't be easing off.

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Max Verstappen has explained that he and Red Bull will be "analysing everything" to ensure they come back even stronger for the second half of the season.

Verstappen headed into the summer break with an 80-point lead over Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc, having claimed his eighth win from 13 races at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Meanwhile, Red Bull sit almost 100 points clear of the Scuderia, who have come under fire following another questionable strategic call in Budapest.

But despite these healthy points leads, and their main rivals facing dramas, Verstappen made clear that there will be no let up from himself and Red Bull.

Verstappen: I'm always the most critical to myself

Reflecting on his performances so far this season, Verstappen warned that he will be spending the summer break focusing on how to improve further.

"I'm probably always the most critical to myself," Verstappen told Sky Sports F1.

"There are always things that you can do better and I will always look at that, now during my holiday as well. Not only on myself, also what we can do better as a team.

"It's nice. Now we have a bit of a break, we can analyse everything and we can also think about what we can do better, and hopefully we can come back even stronger."

Verstappen's eyes firmly fixed on back-to-back titles

With Verstappen seeking perfection, he was also asked in Hungary about the prospect of challenging for the most Grand Prix wins recorded in a season.

As it stands, Michael Schumacher (2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2013) hold the record of 13 wins, meaning the Dutchman would need to win five of the remaining nine races to draw level.

"We'll of course try to win as many as we can in the remaining races we have," the reigning World Champion told media, including RacingNews365.com.

He then stressed: "More importantly, we have to keep the lead in the championship – that's what we have to try and secure."

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