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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen may be a world champion, but he doesn’t think he’s reached a point where he can’t get any better.

The Dutchman had long been regarded as future champion material in the right car and finally, in 2021, Red Bull he handed over the machinery to allow Verstappen to pursue that goal.

An epic title battle ensued with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton that lasted until the very last lap of the final race in Abu Dhabi.

Going into that race level on points, Hamilton appeared to be well on his way to the title and a record eighth World Championship, but a late safety car opened the door for Verstappen who, after pitting for tire changes, passed Hamilton. on the last lap and made sure. title.

So Verstappen is now at the top of Formula 1, mission complete, but, in his opinion, the same cannot be said yet for his overall skill set.

“For me, I always tell myself, you’re never perfect in any area,” he told his sponsor in an interview.

“So let’s say you’re 98 percent, whatever you want to call it, I always look at it, I can always improve.

“Because it’s not, ‘I can get massively better at this or massively better at that.’ Are they just little things, or how can I try to influence the weekend a little better?

“How can I best prepare? How can I make sure I better understand the balance of the car for qualifying? [or the] race?

“These kinds of differences. How can I better understand tires? All this kind of stuff.”

Does that include offering an upgraded title match then? By the standard set in 2021, Verstappen – and just about everyone else – knows it would be very difficult to do so.

Furthermore, Verstappen knows that setting such a goal would take a few years off his Formula 1 career.

“I don’t need to get any better at this,” he said with a smile.

“For me, it doesn’t have to be like this every year. I don’t think you can last long in Formula 1 like this!

“But I’m happy, of course, with how it turned out. I think it was an amazing season. Many unpredictable things happened. Of course, the two teams fighting each other.

“That’s always more exciting than when it’s one team that dominates, and it’s basically just two teammates fighting.”

Red Bull and Mercedes hope to continue as Formula 1’s standard-bearers in 2022, but radically revised regulations present the opportunity for change at the top.

Among the swarm of changes to the cars are new tyres, with Pirelli’s 13-inch models giving way to new 18-inch compounds.

And this will be a key learning area for Verstappen and all the drivers in the coming campaign.

“Of course next year the tires will be different again,” he said.

“So you have to learn that too.

“But you always look at these kinds of areas, what can I understand or learn from all the experience I’ve had so far?”

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