Max Verstappen says he’s in a “much better situation” with a Red Bull car capable of fighting for the World Championship in 2021.

As Mercedes struggle, Red Bull are capitalizing on their performance and were ahead in Bahrain during the full weekend. Verstappen took pole position for the Grand Prix and dominated throughout the race, but strategy from Mercedes and an illegal late overtake by the Dutchman meant Hamilton would take the first victory of the year.

Verstappen now says that Red Bull are in a “much better situation” to fight for the World Championship this year with a car that’s able to fight.

“I think once you are in that position anyway,w ith having a car to fight for the title, everything becomes a lot easier,” Verstappen told Autosport.

“Of course, there’s pressure to win a championship, because you’re fighting other people.

“But, overall, I think it’s a much better situation to be in, than always just not. Because then you have to take a lot more risks all the time to try and get a good result out of it.

“You have to risk a bit more in lap one or a certain area in the race. And then of course, mistakes can happen.

“So I’m just looking forward and hoping of course that I have a car to be in a championship fight, because then that’s I think where I am better, because then it’s a lot nice and a lot easier to deal with.”

Verstappen thinks that not having any junior championship titles on his career is not a weakness, as the Dutchman says he experienced championship fights in go-karting, stating “it’s basically the same.”

“It’s very different [fighting for the title],” he said. “Of course, that scenario, you don’t need to win every single battle or race. But that’s a natural thing.

“It doesn’t mean that [because] I didn’t win a title, for example, that I don’t understand that. Because I think I won many titles in go-karting and it’s basically the same, you choose your battles.

“Also, I only had one attempt of winning a title in F3 [in 2014’s European F3 Championship, he finished third and it was won by Esteban Ocon], and of course, yeah, it didn’t happen.”

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