But what will the story be when the reigning champion returns to home soil for the Dutch Grand Prix this weekend? Here is what to expect at Zandvoort.
Verstappen to kick-off Dutch festival
It is hard to argue against this event being one of the best on the F1 calendar last year with a rave-like festival feel around the sandbanks of the Dutch venue.
A return to the Netherlands was made possible by the success achieved by Verstappen in his early career and the fans duly obliged to turn out in their droves to cheer on the home hero.
With their driver now world champion, the event can surely only get even bigger and better. On track, Verstappen could well send the crowd into a frenzy.
Simply put, there is no driver on the grid that can touch him and Red Bull right now with the dominance shown in recent races beginning to mirror that of Sebastian Vettel when the German went on a run of nine-straight race wins at the end of the 2013 campaign.
Betting against the favourite this weekend will surely be extremely foolish.
If conspiracy theories were to be believed then the Mercedes W13 should have hit the front - or at least been closer to it - with F1's new technical directive regarding floors at the Belgian Grand Prix.
But whilst it was clear there would be no great shuffle in the pecking order, the Brackley-based outfit's struggles were alarming given steps had seemingly been taken to join Red Bull and Ferrari before the summer break.
The race pace again spared most of the team's blushes, with George Russell finishing fourth and keeping Carlos Sainz honest, but the gulf in performance over one lap leaves the future for the zeropod concept unclear.
Unless, that is, performance can be found in Zandvoort. Time is running out for attention to be turned to the new campaign, however, so this may well be the last opportunity for the W13 to make a positive impression.
Alpine aiming to solidify top-four claim
The race for fourth in the constructors' title had looked to be a close contest between Alpine and McLaren just a few races ago, yet the French manufacturer came back from a stormy summer break to take a firm hold of the position.
The plus point for Alpine is the A522 has now seen its form confirmed on multiple different types of race track. The negative is McLaren secured a podium with Norris on the last narrow, fast, twisty European circuit.
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