Max Verstappen expects Red Bull to once again be competitive this weekend at the British GP, but how competitive remains to be seen given rivals Mercedes will be bringing upgrades to Silverstone.
The Dutchman currently finds himself leading the Drivers' Championship by 32 points over Lewis Hamilton following sparkling back-to-back victories in Austria. Although Verstappen has won four of the last five races, he isn't entirely sure how his Red Bull will perform at Silverstone, though he expects to be competitive.
"It's difficult to say," Verstappen told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "We know that Mercedes are bringing upgrades so we have to wait and see. At the moment I don't really know.
"Also, with the format we have this weekend, it's going to be a little bit different. Of course, I expect us to be competitive but difficult to say where we'll end up, but I'm looking forward to it."
This weekend will see the first ever Sprint Qualifying event in F1. Verstappen is reserving judgement on the format at this time, however he made it clear what his approach will be to Saturday's event.
"I'm not for or against it at the moment," Verstappen. "I'll just let it happen and see how how it will work out.
"For the race, you try to win it. It's three extra points you can gain, so you definitely try to win it. Even though of course you know that Sunday is the most important race.
"At the moment, I think we first need to do a weekend like this and then we can properly judge everything."