Verstappen has a 32-point advantage over Hamilton in the World Cup after claiming three wins in a row and winning five of the first nine races so far this season.
Mercedes brings an upgrade to its W12 for this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone as it looks to end its winning drought that has stretched to five races and close the gap for Red Bull.
Despite having a healthy point, Verstappen remains cautious with his title prospects on the way to a circuit that Mercedes has largely dominated since 2013.
“We have started the season really well, and of course I am very happy about it, but we must continue to push,” Verstappen emphasized.
“We can not just think about our results so far. It will be really tight and a challenge the rest of the year, but that’s what makes it exciting.
“We were definitely ahead in Austria and our car was very good there, but in France we only won with a few laps left, so the championship is very close and maybe even closer than the points show at the moment.
“There are some tough tracks coming up where Mercedes can have the edge on us, but we have a great team and we are doing everything we can to try to stay ahead.”
F1’s new qualifying race in the sprint will have its long-awaited debut in Silverstone, and Verstappen says he will reserve a verdict on the format uprising until after the weekend.
“I’m very open to trying the sprints and I like that we have a little less practice before we go into qualifying, but let’s just wait, it’s hard to say anything about it until we’ve tested it. at the weekend, “he said.
“Every race you take risks but controlled risks, especially when you are fighting for a championship, but this race will not define the end result.”