Max Verstappen in testing snub as Lewis Hamilton and F1 rivals gear up for Austria restart

This time around he will have one last crack at replacing former Red Bull driver Vettel as the youngest champion in the history of F1.

Verstappen is desperate to make good on his potential by realising that goal and he says the whole of Christian Horner’s Red Bull team are striving to make it happen.

“In the end it will be a nice moment when it happens,” Verstappen said. “Of course I want to win every year, it has not worked so far.

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“Last year I learned a lot, we worked even better together at the tests in Barcelona. We are definitely extremely motivated.”

The two races at Red Bull’s home circuit in Austria will be followed by trips to Hungary, the UK, Spain, Belgium and Italy.