“This weekend won’t be smooth sailing” says Championship Leader Max Verstappen

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Dutchman Max Verstappen might have a commanding 46-point lead over teammate Sergio Perez in the Formula 1 World Championship, but he admits that there is still “plenty to get right” this weekend.

Verstappen has won six of the nine races this year and heads to a venue where he has previously won, although it was not the British Grand Prix on that occasion, rather the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, in the Covid-19 affected 2020 season.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Silverstone as it’s a real classic,” said the 24-year-old.

“The performance this weekend will depend on whether we can find a good balance and we also need a decent tyre strategy as degradation will be high there.”

High tyre degradation helped Verstappen score his win in 2020 as the Mercedes cars overworked their Pirelli rubber on a very hot Silverstone day, while the Red Bull was much kinder to its own tyres.

Mexican teammate Sergio Perez, who failed to finish in Canada as Verstappen won, said: “I am coming to Silverstone with a lot of desire to put things right.”

Perez, who has generally been closer to Verstappen’s pace throughout the season, must raise his performance level again if he wants to match his world champion rival.

Red Bull have a good record around Silverstone, with four victories although they were left seething as Lewis Hamilton won last years race following a Lap 1 collision with Verstappen, which left the Dutchman going to hospital for precautionary checks.

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