Verstappen Now Expecting 'Rollercoaster' Remainder Of 2024 Season

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 at 10:00
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Speaking to the media after the most recent race at Circuit de Monaco, where he finished in P6, Max Verstappen confirmed he expects the remaining races to be "a lot closer."
While the start of the 2024 season looked better than expected for Red Bull Racing, other teams, such as McLaren and Ferrari, recently introduced significant upgrades to their cars and started catching up very quickly.
Both Ferrari and McLaren scored more podiums (four and three, respectively) in the last three races than the team from Milton Keynes (only two podiums).
However, what will be more concerning for Max Verstappen and his team is that their lead in both the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships is becoming smaller with every race.
Coming out of the Monaco Grand Prix, Verstappen leads the Drivers' Championship by 31 points, and Red Bull leads the Constructors' Championship by only 24 points.
Ferrari, in particular, seems to be close enough to pose a threat in the battle for the title of the Austrian team. When asked after the race in Monaco if he expects a rollercoaster remainder of the season, the 26-year-old Dutchman said:

"Yeah, for sure. The cars are a lot closer. Some cars are better on street circuits, some work better in fast corners, low speed corners. It will swing a bit."

The last two circuits revealed Red Bull's weakness- bumpy tracks and kerb-riding. What might be concerning for the Austrian team's fans is that even Verstappen isn't sure this problem can be fixed before the end of the season.
The Flying Dutchman added he never expected this season to be like the previous one and that he doesn't focus on the Championship.

"I knew that it was never going to be like last year, to have a season like that is quite rare. So I always knew that this year was going to be a little bit different."

"But also, I don't really think about championship position or whatever. There are so many races left. Some races are a bit better for us, some are probably a bit worse for us. And at the end of the day, it all works out."