Max Verstappen is anticipating rivals to be closer to Red Bull at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The team has enjoyed a run of 10 victories so far, while Verstappen eyes his seventh in a row at the Budapest circuit.
But rivals have been working hard to close the gap to the dominant team, as evidenced by the leap in performance from McLaren who achieved a podium at Silverstone.
Mercedes expects their car to be stronger at Hungary, after George Russell took his first pole at the circuit last year.
"The Hungarian GP is always an interesting one," said Verstappen.
"Last year it was tricky to make the right calls with the incoming rain and colder temperatures, but as a team we remained calm and made all the right decisions.
"We have a couple of upgrades this weekend, hopefully they will do what we expect them to do so we can find extra performance for the upcoming races."
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Verstappen cautious about Hungary chances
Aston Martin expect this will be one of their strong circuits after a string of lacklustre performances at high speed tracks.
Verstappen is cautious about drawing to too many conclusions over whether Red Bull will show the same dominant pace.
"Let’s see where we stand on a track where you run high downforce with relatively low speed corners," he said.
"It’s an amazing track to drive and very technical as well. Definitely a place I always look forward to coming back to.