Dutch Formula 1 star Max Verstappen explains what his current relationship with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is like and hopes the pair will continue fighting for the 2021 F1 Drivers' Championship.
Verstappen and Hamilton have won all five races of the 2021 season so far. The pair have firmly established themselves as the favourites for the Drivers' Championship and Verstappen hopes the tug of war will continue for the remainder of the season.
"Fine, we are very normal with each other," Verstappen told Servus TV.
"We've had some great fights on track and hopefully it will stay that way throughout the year. Mercedes is still very strong on the normal circuits. In other years we were too slow in the first part of the season and up to speed towards the end. This year our start to the year was much better and more competitive, with the whole package. We have a good chance.
Despite claiming the lead of the championship for the first time in his career, Verstappen still believes there are several areas of improvement left for the team.
"We could have done a little better a few times," Verstappen explained.
"In Bahrain we should have won. Imola was good. In Portugal and Spain Mercedes was a bit faster. But we are first. Everyone makes mistakes and I think we have made the fewest mistakes so far this year."
Verstappen currently leads Hamilton by four points in the Driver's Championship, while his Red Bull Racing team have displaced Mercedes at the top of the standings by a solitary point.