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Max Verstappen

Verstappen responds to F1 'boring' claim

The Red Bull driver enjoys a 99-point lead over teammate Perez after 10 races.

Max Verstappen has insisted his dominance in F1 this season is "definitely not boring" despite his lack of on-track battles.

The Dutchman has secured pole position at every race since the Monaco Grand Prix, with his victory streak stretched one race further to Miami, where he rose from ninth on the grid.

His command has been such that a 99-point advantage has been opened up over Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez in the race for a third Drivers' title.

Whilst the chasing pack's pecking order has changed consistently throughout the season, Verstappen has largely been untroubled on his way to his eight victories, leaving a question mark on whether he is enjoying his dominance.

Verstappen has been forthright in suggesting he could leave F1 when his current contract expires at the end of 2028, given his realisation that there is more to life than the sport.

But asked if he found it boring not being able to fight wheel-to-wheel with rivals, Verstappen told Channel 4: "It's the opposite, I think I would get bored if I don't see the opportunity to fight for a win.

"For me, fighting at the top, I am very motivated. I love what I am doing but the challenge of wanting more, trying to stay on top, trying to make the gap even bigger, that's my motivation now.

"It's definitely not boring."

No risk, no fun

Verstappen made the ending to the Austrian Grand Prix somewhat more exciting by making a late pit stop to steal the fastest lap bonus point, despite calls from his pit wall suggesting the stop would be too risky.

"I was going to try to go for the fastest lap anyway, if it was on the old tyres or not," explained Verstappen.

"The team also understood that it was a safer bet trying to go for the fastest lap on fresher tyres rather than the old ones.

"Sometimes, no risk, no fun, so you need to spice it up a bit.

"That's also a bit of a motto Dietrich [Mateschitz] used to have and use: No risk, no fun. So implemented that as well."

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