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Max Verstappen

Verstappen not expecting easy weekend: Mercedes will learn from their mistakes

Red Bull's Max Verstappen believes Mercedes will have learned from what went wrong last weekend, and that simply repeating the same performance this weekend in Austria won't be easy.

Verstappen start Austria
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Max Verstappen isn't expecting to be able to produce a simple repeat of his dominent weekend at the Styrian GP this weekend at the Austrian GP.

While the Red Bull Ring plays host to a second race in as many weeks, the variables of the weather as well as softer Pirelli compounds are added to Verstappen's wariness about Mercedes. The Dutch driver believes the team will have figured out where they went wrong first time out, with a different approach this time.

"To win our home race last weekend was a whole team effort and we can be very happy with that, but we cannot expect the same result easily this weekend," Verstappen said in his preview for Red Bull.

"People will learn from what they didn’t do so well last week and also we have softer tyre compounds which could mix things up as well. We had a very positive race but there are always things we can do better and I naturally expect everyone to be closer this weekend as this is usually what happens when you have back-to-back races at the same track."

Despite momentum being on his side, Verstappen is refusing to get carried away by talks of the title and maintains he is still concentrating on his season on a weekend basis.

"As a team, we are focused on ourselves and I like that everyone is still pushing and wants to improve, as that is what Formula 1 and competition is about.

"It is very important to me to see everyone motivated and adding performance and from my side I will keep driving to the maximum each weekend so we can try and stay ahead. At the moment we have a very good package but we need to keep on top of everything as it is still a very long season.”

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