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Max Verstappen fires Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas 70th Anniversary Grand Prix warning

Max Verstappen has warned Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas not to expect to have it all their own way as Mercedes go in search of yet another win at Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. F1 will this weekend mark seven decades of racing at Silverstone.

The sport’s current pace-setters Mercedes will return to the iconic Northamptonshire circuit off the back of four successive wins.

Red Bull driver Verstappen has, though, managed to come home in second at the past two races and was seconds away from overtaking leader Hamilton to win last week’s British Grand Prix following late tyre delamination drama.

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The Dutchman has admitted the performance of the RB16 is some way off Mercedes’ W11s ahead of the return to Silverstone.

But he’s not willing to let Hamilton and Bottas take it easy, with at least nine more Grands Prix to go and plenty of points up for grabs in 2020.

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“Of course we’re still lacking quite a bit of pace to them, especially in qualifying but also in the race on tracks like Silverstone, so we haven’t really been able to fight them for victory but we are keeping the pressure on them,” said Verstappen.

“It’s still good to be on the podium and you never know for the upcoming weekend what can happen, the end of the last race was pretty crazy.

“The tyre compounds this weekend are going to be softer, the weather is going to be warmer and the strategy could be different so I’m looking forward to it.

“We’ve had a week at Silverstone now so everyone knows what they’re doing around the track, so let’s see if we can learn even more about the car and try to improve it further.”

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Verstappen, who thinks it’s a “good thing” to be racing at Silverstone for the second successive week, is 30 points adrift of leader Hamilton in the drivers’ standings.

However, just six points separate the 22-year-old from second-place Bottas and he’s not prepared to let the Finn or team-mate Hamilton get complacent.

“Of course we got lucky with Valtteri’s puncture that dropped him outside of the points, but I just keep doing what I’m doing and pushing every weekend,” said Verstappen. “Hopefully we can put the pressure on and there are still a lot of races left this year.

“We have to be realistic about where we are on pace at the moment and fighting them for victories and the championship under normal circumstances is quite tricky but the car is getting better, it’s more predictable, so if we can keep in touch then there is always a chance. We’ll keep pushing to close the gap and we will try not to make life easy for them.”

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