Max Verstappen 'not too stressed' about Red Bull still needing to claim the F1 constructors' title

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and teammate Sergio Perez are not 'feeling stressed' over still needing to secure the constructors’ championship for their team at Austin this weekend.

At the last race in Japan, Verstappen secured his second-successive drivers' championship and heading to this weekend's racing in Austin, Texas at the Circuit of the Americas, Red Bull need a 147-point lead over Ferrari in the standings to secure the F1 constructors' World Championship for the first time since 2013.

In an interview in Austin, Verstappen said they were not feeling "too stressed" about still needing to secure the constructors' championship with four races of the season remaining.

"Yeah, I mean we are of course going to try to win it here," Verstappen said. "I think it's of course very important to us to win that title, but on the other hand it needs to go severely wrong for the last few races not to win that one - so I'm not too stressed about it."

The 25-year-old Verstappen added that despite winning the drivers' championship he was still targeting more success in the remaining races of the 2022 campaign.

"I had, like, one and a half days at home initially but then I started to do some filming, some simulator work at the factory to prepare for the upcoming races," Verstappen said. "It was okay; I mean it was just nice to be home as well and just take the time off, and just really chill out, to be honest."

Mexican teammate Perez said he would love to win the constructors' championship at Austin as it would be just reward for the "massive effort" put in by the Red Bull team in 2022.

"It would be very, very nice, it's a massive effort that everyone has done, not only at track; at Milton Keynes everybody has been pushing so hard," Perez said.

"It's been a tremendous year for Red Bull and I really hope we can finish it on a high… because throughout the season, making the right calls, pushing at the right times, has paid off - and I really hope we can clinch that title soon."

Perez was looking forward to the remaining races including the upcoming Mexican GP which is his home race.

"It certainly helps when you have a good run of races - the confidence, the momentum is with you - but that doesn't mean anything; you have to go there and prove again and again and hopefully this weekend can be a good one, we can have strong pace, and then it would be nice to get a strong result at my home race," Perez added.

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