Verstappen presently splits the Mercedes drivers on the prime of the F1 drivers’ standings, trailing Lewis Hamilton by 47 factors, with Bottas an extra three factors behind.
Verstappen has usually moved to downplay his probabilities of successful the championship in 2020 given Mercedes’ dominant kind, with the German producer having gained six of the opening seven races of the 12 months.
The Dutchman may solely qualify fifth for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday as Red Bull struggled on the low downforce Monza circuit, ending nine-tenths of a second off Hamilton’s pole time.
Asked about his targets via the rest of the season, Verstappen mentioned that he’ll “probably end up third anyway in the championship”, and admitted he didn’t count on to be beating Bottas.
“I’m already surprised that I’m second,” Verstappen mentioned.
“We’re very consistent and I think we overperformed a few times, and obviously the win we had helped out a bit.
“From my side, I never felt like I’m fighting for a championship. I’m just losing at least seven points every weekend, and of course initially when it’s like 20, 30 points, it still looks like you’re in a fight.
“But now it’s already 47, and tomorrow it’s going to be even more. It’s going to be in the 50s I guess.
“I never said that I was going to be in that fight. I just try to get the best result possible all the time. I always look at myself, did I do the best job possible? That is what I try to achieve every single weekend.”
Verstappen was not left too dissatisfied by solely qualifying fifth at Monza, regardless of trailing vehicles from McLaren and Racing Point, as Red Bull had anticipated to seek out the low-downforce format tougher for its automobile.
“When I come into a weekend, I try to do the best I can,” Verstappen mentioned.
“Everybody can of course say what they want, but I always learned from a very young age that you have to be realistic. Maybe that sometimes sounds a bit depressing, but for me it works the best way.
“You will not end up after qualifying being disappointed, because you know exactly where you’re going to be.
“For me, I expected it to be very difficult. I never, of course, expected to fight Mercedes here, and it was interesting for us to see how our car was going to go in low downforce.
“But I think it highlighted our issues already the whole year, that it’s just not a very fast car.”