Brawn Highlights Verstappen’s Only Tactic to Keep F1 Title Fight Alive Against Hamilton

Published 05/11/2021, 4:28 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen talks with team principal Christian Horner after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


The Spanish Grand Prix served as a display of the challenge Red Bull have to overcome this season. Mercedes’ clever strategy ultimately outdid Max Verstappen, as Lewis Hamilton took a fifth consecutive win in Barcelona.

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Beating Lewis and Mercedes will take a monumental effort from the Austrian outfit. However, they have a genuine chance to take the title this season. Max has hardly put a foot wrong so far, and Red Bull now know that up their game too.

Max Verstappen needs to continue taking risks

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The Dutchman doesn’t back down from a challenge, no matter what the odds are. In the past, drivers have criticized Max for his ambitious moves, which have often caused crashes. However, he has matured over the years and is now Red Bull’s biggest asset.

He has become a more confident driver who takes calculated risks in a lethal manner, which has now made him one of the best drivers on the grid. F1 Managing Director, Motorsport, Ross Brawn, highlighted that he needs to continue taking risks like the one he took this Sunday.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads Mercedes’Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race REUTERS/Albert Gea

Brawn wrote in the Ross Brawn Column, “Max did everything right at the start to impressively take the lead. He’s not afraid to take the fight to Lewis. The reality is he knows he unlikely to beat Lewis if he’s second at the end of the first lap so. And that gives him the commitment to go for a pass when it’s 50-50.”

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Is this Max’s best chance to win a world title?

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With Verstappen finishing no lower than second so far and constantly battling Lewis for the race win, Max and Red Bull have certainly signaled their intent for this season. Although the Dutchman has been phenomenal so far, Christian Horner and his team have a job on their hands to improve the package they’ve currently got.

Brawn further wrote, ” This was a very, very good drive from him. His package just wasn’t quick enough. He knows this is his best chance ever to win the world title – and will back himself to take victory next time out in Monaco.”

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti

With the Monaco Grand Prix up next, Verstappen needs a win to close the gap on Hamilton. Can the Austrian outfit take home the champagne on May 23? Only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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