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Max Verstappen

Verstappen explains where he can improve in 2022

Max Verstappen might have clinched the World Championship in 2021, but the Red Bull driver still feels that he can work on areas for improvement going forwards.

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Max Verstappen admits that he still feels he can improve in different areas, despite winning his debut F1 title in 2021.

The Dutchman won 10 races during the season, as well as securing numerous pole positions and fastest laps. He is not resting on his laurels, though, and thinks that there are always things to work on as a driver.

"For me, I always say to myself, you're never perfect in any area," Verstappen said in an interview with personal sponsor CarNext.

"So let's say you're at 98 percent, whatever you can call it, I always look at it [as something] I can always improve.

"Because it's not, 'I can improve massively in this or massively in that'. It's just tiny things, or, how can I try to influence the weekend a bit better?

"How can I prepare myself better? How can I make sure that I understand the balance of the car better for qualifying, [or the] race?

"These kind of differences. How can I understand the tyres better? All these kind of things."

Learning new things in the 2022 season

As well as improving on standing issues, Verstappen acknowledges that there will be some new aspects of the sport to learn about in 2022, given the wave of regulation changes being introduced into Formula 1.

"Of course, next year, the tyres will be different again," the Red Bull driver said. "So you have to learn that as well.

"But you always look in these kind of areas, like what can I understand or learn from all the experience I've had so far?"

The 2021 season proved to be highly eventful, with Verstappen battling against Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton for the title throughout the year.

When asked whether he is concerned about not being able to improve on such an exciting campaign, Verstappen joked: "I don't need to improve on this. For me, it doesn't need to be like this every single year. I don't think you can last a long time in Formula 1 like that!

"But I'm happy, of course, how it played out. It was an amazing season, I think. A lot of unpredictable things happened. Of course, the two teams fighting against each other.

"That is always more exciting than when it's one team dominating, and it's just the two teammates basically fighting."

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