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Red Bull progress pleases Verstappen

24th August 2019, 13:12 by Gareth Freeman

Max Verstappen has been satisfied with Red Bull's season so far and admits he wasn't expecting two victories at this point.

Verstappen sits third in the drivers' standings with 181 points, 69 behind leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, and has managed two race wins.

The Dutchman is the only non-Mercedes driver to have won a race this season and the 21-year-old has been delighted with the progress Red Bull have made.

Verstappen says the Drivers' Championship looks out of reach this year but he feels Red Bull may be able to challenge for silverware in 2020 if they keep improving.

"Let's not forget that Mercedes had problems with cooling in Austria. That certainly helped and because of that, I was able to win. But still: Winning twice is more than we had expected at certain moments. The progress we are making is good, it should be a little bit better," the Dutchman told De Telegraaf.

He added: "That [winning the championship] is almost impossible. That is only possible if Lewis is really unlucky. It looks positive for next year, but we must not forget that the rest is not standing still either. If we want to close the gap, then we really have to get down to work."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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