Verstappen said he supports the move. “He’s a nice guy,” he said, “and I think for him the last 12 months has been a bit of a rollercoaster.
“Of course he’s very laid-back, very relaxed. And people like him in the team. He’s easygoing, which I think helps. And he’s quick, he’s doing his job, he’s getting the points. So I think it was the smartest way of continuing.”
However Verstappen said he played no role in the decision to keep Albon in the team. “At the end of the day it’s not up to me, of course, to judge his performance. It’s Christian and Helmut, of course, who make the decisions.”
Verstappen lies fourth in the championship with two races remaining, and could beat Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc, third, and Sebastian Vettel, fifth, to third place in the points.
“We’ll try,” he said. “We lost a lot of points in the few races after the summer break. But we’ll definitely try to go for it, I think it’s still a nice target.
“It’s still quite a few points but of course, with Charles having the penalty here it’s hopefully a good opportunity to close that a bit and then have an exciting final race weekend.”
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