Max Verstappen wants Mercedes to “steal more points off Ferrari”

© Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd.

After the Hungarian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen said he was “very happy” that Mercedes was competitive, but for a very selfish reason.

After winning the Hungarian Grand Prix, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, Max Verstappen was asked if he is worried that Mercedes is getting closer and closer.

“No, it’s good that they are competitive because then they can steal more points off Ferrari,” the Dutch driver said.

“So I’m very happy. They’re doing very well.”

Verstappen also tried to play down Mercedes’ success ahead of the race, after George Russell claimed pole.

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“I was surprised to see [Russell get pole. I mean, they were close, but I didn’t expect them to make that that jump in Q3, but it’s nice for me as well.”

Max then explained it’s “nice” for him because he expects Mercedes to help him in his battle with Ferrari.

“Well, they need to do me a favour – that’s more important,” the Dutch driver concluded.

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