2021 F1 Testing: Max Verstappen Not Fooled by Mercedes’ Struggles in Bahrain

Published 03/15/2021, 6:24 AM EDT
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Max Verstappen is keen on helping Red Bull win the constructor’s championship in 2021. However, the Dutchman is well aware the Mercedes can dominate despite struggling during the pre-season test over the weekend.

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Over the weekend, the Silver Arrow had some gear issues, as well as their drivers, Hamilton and Bottas, spun as they zipped around the circuit. Verstappen is realistic, hence knows the Silver Arrows will perform and win another title in 2021.

Verstappen doesn’t want to think about the Mercedes team and focus on Red Bull and ensuring they have a successful season ahead. Red Bull finished second last year in the fight for the constructor’s but with the talents of Sergio Perez joining the team they hope they can take the fight to the Silver Arrows.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on during the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Cooler Runnings event at Station Pier, Port Melbourne ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen knows Mercedes will be on top of their game despite having problems

Verstappen said, “At the end of the day, it’s a test. The amount of times that Mercedes has topped the testing in the last few years is not that high, so it doesn’t really say a lot about pure performance.”But for us, it’s just all about gathering a lot of data.”

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 24: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Verstappen added, “I don’t think we are the favorites.”If Mercedes wins that many championships in a row, I think it’s still the same as before we came to the test.”

The Dutchman is positive about the new season

The 23-year-old put in some laps in the Bahrain circuit during the pre-season testing and feels optimistic about the season ahead and has some good things to say about the new Red Bull car.

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He said, “I’ve only done the first day, but as I said, it was just a very positive day because we did a lot of laps. It has been different in the past. What was the most important was just to get a lot of laps on the boards and to understand the car, what to do with the set-up, and try things on the car as well. I would say that they were all responding like we would have hoped. So I think that was very positive.”

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 01: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 1, 2018, in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The 28th of March will have the opening race of the season, around the same track in Bahrain. Teams will fight it out once again for the championship, Will Red Bull take advantage if Mercedes continues to struggle?

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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