Max Verstappen might be in the beginnings of an intense title battle but the Dutchman is actually feeling calmer than in previous seasons.
The 2021 F1 season has got off to a promising start for Verstappen, with the first two Grand Prix having put him just one point behind Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' standings. Despite the fight ahead, Verstappen has explained why he is not becoming stressed and feels in a good place off the track.
"I think I already feel different because I have a faster car," the Red Bull driver told Sky Sports F1. "So that's a lot nicer to drive.
"I mean I think I would be more stressed if I wouldn't have had a fast car."
Verstappen's strong start in 2021 has seen him finish second in Bahrain after being narrowly beaten to the win by Hamilton whilst he emerged as the victor of the eventful Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Whilst things have started well and he feels calm, the 23-year-old is aware that there is still a long way to go in the battle against Mercedes.
"I think throughout the season it's going to depend on who can develop the fastest and brings more things to the car," Verstappen said.
"We'll just have to stay on top of that and then I'm confident as a team we can do a good job. But there are no guarantees."
The fight will continue when Formula 1's third race of the season takes place in Portugal on 2 May.