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Singapore Grand Prix 2022

Verstappen does not want to think about a second F1 title

The Dutchman's first opportunity to wrap the crown up in 2022 comes at the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend.

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Max Verstappen says "it would be wrong to relax" and assume he is going to win a second Formula 1 world title.

The Red Bull driver enters the Singapore Grand Prix weekend leading the championship by 116 points over Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

With just 138 points left in the season after the race at Marina Bay, if Verstappen out-scores Leclerc by 22 or more points, he will be a double World Champion.

However, the Dutchman is keen to take things easy and one race at a time.

Verstappen urges caution

"It would be wrong to relax", he told media including RacingNews365.com.

"So many things can go wrong, but also go right. Our intention is that we want to win more races - that's how we will approach the remaining races.

"[We must] be consistent and we don't want to retire.

"We had our little issues in the beginning of the season, but, we'll see how competitive we're going to be."

In theory, it is possible for Verstappen to now finish every race behind Leclerc and still claim the title if he was P2 - however it is something he firmly rejects.

"You can't - you can do that as soon as you stop racing," he explained. "if that is the case, then think it is time to stop racing, because that means you don't want to anymore.

"I said before, I think the whole team thinks the same way.

"We want to win more races. We're not here to say: 'Oh, we can only finish second or third, like that's okay. We don't work like that. I think we always want the best and we want to win.

"We don't want to give wins to other teams just for being safe. Of course, we know we also have to finish the races first of all without any issues.

"If you start thinking like that, maybe mistakes can creep in as well.

"I think it's just silly to even talk about it right now. There's still so many risks left, you just want to focus."

If, and indeed, when Verstappen does secure his second world title, he will join the likes of Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mika Hakkinen and Fernando Alonso as a two-time F1 World Champion.

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