Verstappen strives for season-best 4th win at Styrian GP

SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Returning to Red Bull’s home track where he's had some “pretty crazy” victories, Formula One leader Max Verstappen is striving for his season-best fourth win at the Styrian Grand Prix.

If victory — crazy or not — doesn’t come on Sunday, he will still have 15 more chances to get it in 2021.

His chances are good this weekend, though. The Dutch driver is proving that he and Red Bull this season are more than just hunters of Mercedes, the dominating force in F1 for seven years.

“Before, we didn’t have the car to fight them," Verstappen said on Thursday. "You could do what you want, I mean, make it three stops and put the rear tires on the front, nothing was going to change.

“Now we have the car to really fight them."

Last week in Le Castellet, Verstappen snatched victory from Lewis Hamilton, overtaking his Mercedes rival and seven-time champion on the penultimate lap of the French GP.

“It was a very important win because it was on a track where, before, we were not very competitive,” Verstappen said. “So, to turn it around like that with a very competitive car was very rewarding and a big boost to the team.”