“It’s still very early”– Sebastian Vettel thinks that Max Verstappen at this stage should keep his peace of mind instead of points lead to worry.
For the first time in his career, Max Verstappen is leading the drivers’ championship table, and he would be under pressure to outperform Lewis Hamilton to maintain that lead.
However, Sebastian Vettel advises him not to think about that at this stage of this season and keep his peace of mind by knowing that he is in contention for the title and there are several other races to recover from here.
“I don’t think it [leading the championship] makes a big difference at this stage,” said four-time champion Vettel. “I think if you are in contention, that’s the main thing that gives you peace of mind.”
“You know that you’ve got a good car, you’ve got a good team around you and you can get the job done. But, I think obviously, if you’re ahead, you want to make sure you finish in front of whoever’s behind you and increase the gap.”
“But, like I said, it’s still very early, it’s only like five races. So we still have a lot of races to come, and the main thing is that you’re there or thereabouts.”
Whose advice could be more valuable than Vettel, who has won four world titles, and would be citing his experience from his title win over Fernando Alonso with a marginal difference in 2012.
A points lead right now is useless.
Apart from Vettel, another world champion and right now contender for the 2021 title, Lewis Hamilton also opines the same and believes that a points lead right now means nothing.
“I am still hunting, you are hunting the whole year whether you are ahead, or if you are behind, so it doesn’t really feel any different for me,” he said ahead of the Baku GP.
“We are all hunting that same goal, right? Winning races and winning championships. So, I think we are all hunters.”