Verstappen controversially won his first title in 2021, overtaking Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the final race in Abu Dhabi. However, the driver has insisted that he has been given little reason to believe that successive championships are possible.
“These kinds of things, if you want to fight for the title, cannot happen. We need to be faster than them, which we’re not. And have zero problems with the car, which we also don’t have.
“So it’s going to be a big task. At the moment, there is no reason to believe in it.”
Verstappen will hope for a better result at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix this weekend. It was the first race he won last season on his way to the world title.