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Max Verstappen

Verstappen demands Red Bull improvements despite taking title lead

Max Verstappen might have taken his fourth victory of the season at the Spanish Grand Prix but it was not a straightforward afternoon, with the Red Bull driver's car affected by an issue.

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Max Verstappen admits that Red Bull still need to make improvements, despite taking another win at the Spanish Grand Prix.

After Ferrari's Charles Leclerc retired from the lead of the race due to an issue with his power unit, Verstappen was able to make his way to the front of the pack and claim his fourth victory of the season, as well as taking the lead of the World Championship standings.

However, it was not an entirely straightforward afternoon for the Dutchman. His RB18 experienced an intermittent issue with its DRS (Drag Reduction System), which made his battle with the Mercedes of George Russell much more challenging.

Verstappen reflects on "costly" DRS issue

When asked after the race if he had any concerns about such technical issues – particularly given Red Bull's reliability woes earlier in the campaign – Verstappen admitted that there is still room for improvement.

However, he also voiced his support for his team in their ability to overcome problems like this.

"It's just things that we can improve, right?" the driver told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"That issue with the DRS, of course, was quite costly. But, at the end, we still won the race, so, as a team, we are quite flexible.

"We adapt quickly if we have issues, and we try to work around it, even during the race, so that's good.

"Of course, we try to make sure that that doesn't happen again. But we didn't retire, which other teams did, so that's already a good improvement."

Consistency important for title battle, says Verstappen

Leclerc's retirement from the race in Barcelona, combined with Verstappen's victory, means that the lead has changed hands at the top of the Drivers' standings.

With this in mind, Verstappen acknowledges that consistency is crucial in the title fight.

"You can see, it completely swings the championship around again," he explained.

"We just have to try and be really consistent and try not to make too many mistakes. You're not a robot, mistakes will happen, but we'll try to minimise [them]."

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