Verstappen: People say time is ticking on title hopes but I’m relaxed

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has revealed that he is “very relaxed” in his hunt for a first Formula 1 world championship crown.

Despite being the youngest person to drive in F1 and the youngest race winner, the Dutchman is still waiting on his first title aged 23, six seasons into his F1 career.

Both Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton won their first titles before their 24th birthday, a feat Verstappen is now very unlikely to match, but he insisted that he is “calm” and not trying to “force things”.

“Of course I would like to fight for the championship, but we’ll have to find out,” he told Motorsport.com. “I mean, I’m still very young.

“And of course, you know, people say time is ticking. But I’m very relaxed. And it’s life. Also, you know, sometimes you cannot force things. So I stay calm.

“I do think we can make a big step. But I also expect others to have a step. So I just hope that ours is a bit bigger than the others.”

Verstappen won two Grands Prix during the 2020 season, including the final race of the year in Abu Dhabi.

Looking ahead to the new campaign, he highlighted winning the first race of the year as a target.

“It is nice to win the final race of the season, but it is even better to win the first one next year,” he added.

“It is nice to win the final race of course for the feeling of people in the factory. This gives an extra boost to everyone.

“But as I said before, I think it is even more important that we are able to win the first race next year. That would indicate that we have a car to compete with. And that is what we have missed a bit.”