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Max Verstappen warns 35-second Styrian GP success could be a one-off


The Dutchman doesn't want complacency.

Max Verstappen is not getting carried away by his dominant win at the Styrian Grand Prix, warning Red Bull may not find life so easy at a different track.

Verstappen became the first Formula 1® driver to win three times at the Red Bull Ring as he raced clear of Lewis Hamilton, triumphing by more than 35 seconds despite showboating as he crossed the line.

Next week's event – the Austrian Grand Prix – is at Red Bull's home circuit, too, encouraging optimism Verstappen could add to his career-high four wins this season.

This layout has typically allowed Mercedes to show their pace, however, with its 10 turns the fewest on the 2021 calendar.

The Silver Arrows qualified in pole position in six of the previous seven races at the Red Bull Ring – Ferrari's Charles Leclerc the other – before Verstappen was fastest this week.

Hamilton highlighted Red Bull's straight-line speed as key, yet Verstappen wants to see continued excellence to stretch his 18-point advantage in the drivers' championship.

"We do have a very good package, but I want to see it again every single weekend," Verstappen told a news conference.

"Every track is different and it's still about finding the perfect set-up on the car because it can be quite sensitive in some areas, to make it work.

"It's never good enough – I always want to try to improve every single weekend because even a weekend like this... of course, it looks amazing, we won with a big margin, but it's never good enough.

"So, we just try to look into details of what we can do better, and when we go to other tracks again, I don't expect it to be like it was today, so we have to just keep being very focused in what we have to do.

"So far, of course, I'm very happy with how it's been going but, like I said, it's never good enough."