Max Verstappen ready for title fight - Christian Horner

Max Verstappen ready for title fight - Christian Horner

Max Verstappen ready for title fight - Christian Horner

Daniel Ricciardo has clarified the comments he made about not contesting the last two races of 2018 due to his "cursed" Red Bull auto, insisting he will drive in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

Verstappen is on a stellar run of form now and claimed an impressive victory at the Mexican Grand Prix, 24 hours after he had missed out on beating Sebastian Vettel's record for youngest ever pole-sitter.

Max Verstappen was powered to victory in Mexico by anger. In the heat of the moment, speaking to TV crews after the race, he said he didn't "see the point doing the next two races"...

Since that announcement, though, things have not been going too well for the Aussie, who has failed to finish in three of the races since the summer break.

"I haven't had a clean race or weekend in so long", he continued.

"First one's first", he continued, "I will be doing the last two races, that's what I'm about, it aint about that other life".

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"Cursed." That's how Daniel Ricciardo described his Red Bull RB14 after suffering his seventh mechanically-related DNF of the season in Mexico. "I don't have any more words".

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is confident Max Verstappen is ready to fight for the drivers' championship if given the vehicle to do so.

"I was not really happy myself, but I spoke to (Max) before bedtime", Verstappen told Ziggo Sport.

'So I will be there - just needed a few days off really.

"We're obviously hopeful that the Honda, with the progress they're making, will put us into a situation where we're more regularly able to compete". Verstappen was clearly frustrated at the time, knocking over the second place marker he was required to park behind when he came to a halt on the grid, and his father said his son was still furious later that evening.

"You can understand his frustration and hope that this dark cloud that's following around lifts for the final two races".

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