I think Max has to be careful to not get too complacent. He's probably well aware that the only (sorta?) realistic threat is coming from the other side of the garage - and a driver he's comfortably trounced up to now.
But when that's the case, there's maybe less incentive to really feel like he needs to give 100% all the time. A driver is likely more motivated when he knows he's in a proper fight. It's the modern day version of the Tortoise and the Hare.
And it seems like Max is quite disillusioned with the sport at the moment too. My word was he tetchy last weekend - about George, the Sprint format, probably what colour his hotel room's curtains were...
So yeah. It's highly, highly unlikely to happen, but if Verstappen takes his eyes off the ball...who knows?
I hope this conversation carries on a while longer, as otherwise it's going to be a very long season. This is another reason why these crazy long seasons are a bad idea. Sure, it's great when there's actually a championship battle like in '21, but it's very rare we ever get that. And, here we are, not even close to a third of the way through this season yet, and we all pretty much know who's going to win.
Edited by JHSingo, 03 May 2023 - 10:28.