Verstappen goes into Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix off the back of a win last time out in Mexico City.
That result at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez was his fifth podium finish in seven races since the summer break.
And that impressive form means he is second only to F1 champion Lewis Hamilton in points collected since the end of July.
Max Verstappen will be eager to make his mark once again at this weekend’s race at Interlagos.
And he has now revealed the key difference which has helped him deliver during the second half of the F1 season.
“It’s not really me changing my approach to how I’m racing – I’m still the same person,” Verstappen said.
“I’m always going for the gap. You could see that in Mexico as well, I was there to win and not be second.
“But it’s just the way – I just wanted it too much initially.
“I really wanted to try and challenge, even though with the package we had, it was not possible.
“But like I said in Mexico, sometimes my dad told me that when I’m going slow, I’m still going fast enough.
“I got that approach back after Monaco and it seemed to make me faster than I was before but without mistakes.
“I was just trying to get too much out of it, which was not possible at the time.”
Verstappen says having the advice of his father Jos, a former F1 driver, has helped him too.
“We [go through] everything together so I think it’s always good to reflect, and you can always improve,” Verstappen added.
“Spending time with my dad through the years, I learn how to do [self-analysis] myself but initially, it was always through my dad.
“Now of course in some critical situations, like it was in the beginning of the year, then of course you talk a lot about it.
“It would be wrong to be really stubborn and try to fix it yourself then you always go back to the person who really knows you.”
Verstappen will be looking to secure a first Brazilian Grand Prix victory of his career on Sunday.