"I mean, you just don't want to be walking around frustrated, trying to get results which are not possible.
"That is what I try to do, just keep pushing myself, keep trying to get the best possible results that are in the car and every weekend will be the same."
Verstappen finished third to Hamilton and Bottas in the 2019 standings and can again secure this position at the next race in Bahrain.
The 23-year-old, whose faint championship hopes evaporated in Imola when a tyre blew on his car, a race before Hamilton secured his record-equalling seventh crown, added: "I know I can't fight for the championship this year.
"Even though sometimes it looked like we were a bit closer but then also with the retirements we had, that very quickly put us out of the picture, so I enjoy now getting a third or a second.
"I mean, I was enjoying Imola a lot. I think finally, I was a bit closer and I could be within a tenth or two-tenths of them in terms of lap time and you are really motivated to stay with them and actually pass a car.
"Normally, they are just running away from me at three-or-four-tenths per lap so I am a bit in no-mans land, which is not what you want."
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.