Verstappen looks to 2020 to claim F1 record
Red Bull's Max Verstappen has admitted that if he is to become the youngest Formula 1 champion, he will have to win the 2020 title.
The 21-year-old Dutch driver has enjoyed a strong first half to the F1 campaign and Sunday's victory in the German Grand Prix made it two wins in the past three races.
However, Verstappen remains 63 points adrift of Mercedes' championship leader Lewis Hamilton and seems to have given up on his chances of overhauling the reigning world champion's advantage in the remaining races.
It means that if he is to achieve his aim of replacing Sebastian Vettel as the youngest F1 champion - the German won with Red Bull in 2010 aged 23 years and 134 days - it will have to be next year.
Verstappen, who turns 22 on September 30, told Auto Bild Motorsport: "I still have a year to do it. But it would have to happen next year because this year Mercedes is too dominant."
But with Red Bull showing signs of improvement with new engine partner Honda in 2019, Verstappen is optimistic looking further ahead.
He added: "You can never be one hundred per cent sure. Mercedes, too, can never be sure whether they can dominate again next year."
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