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Max Verstappen

Why Verstappen expects a second title win to be 'less emotional'

Max Verstappen has conceded that whilst he remains determined to secure a second Drivers' Championship, he would probably find it "less emotional".

Max Verstappen is anticipating a second Drivers' Championship title to be "less emotional" than his first, should he secure top honours again.

The Red Bull driver is currently the firm favourite to take the 2022 Drivers' Championship after building an 80-point lead over Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

Verstappen's championship advantage means he can fail to score in the next three events and still maintain the lead.

Conversely, the Dutchman can finish second to Leclerc in every event between now and the end of the season and still take the title.

With talk of a second Drivers' title intensifying, Verstappen conceded that his experience will probably result in a "less emotional" response if he secures a second title.

"I think it will be less emotional, if it would happen," Verstappen admitted to Channel 4.

"It's the same as the first race; when I entered my first [F1] race it was the most emotional 'win' from of all of them, aside from the World Championship win.

"All the other ones, they've never been as emotional as that one, because that's the first time you get to taste something like that, which is such a difficult thing to achieve in Formula 1.

"I think it will be different, but I also prefer not to really think about that yet. We're on a good run, but we have to keep it going."

Verstappen: Red Bull can compete for many more titles

Verstappen's faith in Red Bull's long-term prospects were underlined when he signed a contract extension with the Milton Keynes team earlier this season.

It means he can boast the longest contract in F1, having signed a deal until the 2028 campaign.

Verstappen added that, even if he doesn't take the 2022 championship, he believes Red Bull are well-placed to challenge in the coming seasons.

"The relationship I have within the team with all the people, you need to be able to be yourself as well and be happy what you're doing, and where you're doing it," he continued.

"All of that clicked and of course our goal was to win a championship. We did that, and I believe in the people who are already at Red Bull and those who are coming into Red Bull.

"I really believe that we can be successful for a while and that's why I committed for such a long time."

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