While an impressive performance in Monaco helped Max Verstappen take the lead in the championship, the Dutchman knows being there at the end of the season is what matters most.
Verstappen took advantage of Charles Leclerc's inability to take the grid after crashing in Q3 by taking the chequered flag around the streets of Monte Carlo. It was the first time the Dutchman finished on the podium in Monaco, but he has reminded his Red Bull team that they have to keep pushing forward it they want to achieve they World Championship aspirations.
"It was a very good weekend and of course I’ve never stood on the podium there before so it was very nice to get the win," Verstappen said in a Red Bull press release. "Taking the lead in the championship feels good but we need to be there at the end of the final race, that’s all that matters.
'Where we are now feels good and of course it shows that we had a decent start to the year but we have to keep on pushing because we still need to improve and do better. Nobody is ever perfect or standing still in this sport.
"So far we have made the smallest mistakes but nothing major and that is why we are first at the moment but we all know it can change very quickly."
Although Verstappen took victory, it wasn't a straightforward weekend as the Dutchman wasn't all that pleased with his car in practice.
"We struggled on Thursday in practice but the team put a lot of work into making sure that the car was a lot better on Saturday," Verstappen added. "At the start of the weekend we didn’t have it quite right and it wasn’t all easy, but everyone analysed the data very well and made the car very competitive again for qualifying so we could be in the fight.
"It’s also very easy to make a mistake around Monaco, you have to keep focussed lap after lap, but last Sunday it felt really good to be leading the race and controlling it. I was not going to throw away my first Monaco win that’s for sure."