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French Grand Prix 2022

Verstappen expects 'really, really quick' Ferrari to keep pushing Red Bull

Despite a commanding lead in the Drivers' Championship, Max Verstappen says Ferrari will be hard to beat in Hungary.

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Max Verstappen says he is expecting a tough fight to beat Ferrari at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

Verstappen won the French Grand Prix as title rival Charles Leclerc spun out of the lead, and the Dutchman now sits a commanding 63 points clear of the Ferrari driver in the Championship standings.

But Verstappen is expecting Ferrari to be very strong at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with the slow corners of the Hungaroring circuit likely to suit the handling characteristics and the one-lap pace of the F1-75.

Speaking after the French Grand Prix, Verstappen acknowledged his commanding position at the top of the Drivers' Championship, but cautioned that there was still much to do to consolidate his points lead.

Verstappen looking to keep focused

"It's a great lead, but a lot of things can happen," Verstappen told media including RacingNews365.com.

"I just want to stay focused. We need a lot more good results.

"We still need more one-lap pace, and I think the next race is going to be a bit more of a struggle for us, where I think Ferrari is going to be really, really quick.

"But we'll see. Again, it's all about scoring points every single race, even when it's not your day."

With 12 rounds of the 2022 F1 season gone, Verstappen has won seven Grands Prix to Leclerc's three, but Ferrari have won two of the past three races, and might have won three in a row had Leclerc not spun out in France.

In the Constructors' standings, Red Bull have 396 points, and an 82-point lead over Ferrari.

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