Max Verstappen put Red Bull on notice by saying he will eventually grow tired of an inability to fight at the front of races, but says his attention has not yet turned to a potential move in order to seek regular honours.
Verstappen has two podium finishes to show from his efforts after eight races, in which he has generally driven the RB15 to its upper limits, if not beyond.
A tense battle with Lewis Hamilton in Monaco showed Verstappen is as sharp as ever, although a time penalty demoted the Dutchman to fourth, a position he has finished in five times already this season.
With Verstappen having recently aired the first signa of frustration with Red Bull's switch to Honda, attention has turned to his willingness to commit to the team long-term.
He said of his campaign to date: "I wouldn't call it frustrating. It's not that I'm miles off. I always have, I don't know if it's a Ferrari in front or a Mercedes, but they're not that far away.
"We just need to keep pushing hard to try and get more performance out of the car, performance out of the engine at the moment. We're clearly lacking a bit of pace from both sides, so we'll just try to get the most out of it.
"I'm not here to be fourth, I want to win races. It's not nice to drive around in this fourth spot, just always missing out. But that's how it is at the moment.
Max won the #AustrianGP last year in front of a the Oranje Army 🍊
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.