Critical for Red Bull to Win First F1 Race of 2021: Jos Verstappen

Published 01/12/2021, 5:28 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 13, 2020 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen passes the chequered flag to win the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Jos Verstappen has always had a strong presence in Max’s life. The former F1 racer had always wanted his son to be a driver, and two decades from his time in the sport, his son sat inside the Red Bull cockpit, the youngest pilot ever to race in F1. The man sure achieved his dream and Max could never thank him enough.

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Verstappen Sr. earlier stated that he was sincerely happy that Red Bull had won over the weekend in Abu Dhabi. He was proud that his son could hold back the Mercedes cars and take the last race of the season away from them. With his joy, he wished that Red Bull ride into the upcoming season with similar success.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 13, 2020 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Red Bull have been faltering in terms of consistency for a long and they cannot afford that for 2021. Max Verstappen himself has requested his team to fix their issues in that area, and his father highlighted the same.

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He agreed that winning the last race is sure good for the next season, but winning the first race is what mainly matters in the sport.

It is nice to win the final race of course for the feeling of people in the factory. This gives an extra boost to everyone. But, I think it is even more important that we are able to win the first race next year. That would indicate that we have a car to compete with. And that is what we have missed a bit.

“We hope that Honda will bring something extra as well. In that case, we will look a little stronger than we did,” concluded Jos.

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Max Verstappen rode out of the 2020 season with a victory in his pocket. After a year-long tedious battle of chasing around the AMGs, he finally got ahead of them. However, as his success came too late, he could not challenge Hamilton for the championship. Nonetheless, he does not seem bothered by that fact.

Pundits have raised serious concerns about Max’s career. The Dutchman has almost spent half a decade in the sport and all he has done so far is chase Mercedes. With the time for his success ticking away, the subject should be daunting to the pilot. However, instead of being worried, he appears to be very calm about the affair.

Verstappen missed the opportunity to be the youngest F1 champion this year. With Vettel having won a title at the age of 23 years 134 days, that window has closed forever. Yet, now that he has missed that, he is definitely not rushing on ahead with his approach. Instead, he will take it slow, believing time is on his side.

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MONTMELO, SPAIN – MAY 10: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 10, 2018 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

I’m still very young. And of course, you know, people say time is ticking. But I’m very relaxed. And it’s life. Also, you know, sometimes you cannot force things. So I stay calm,” pointed out the Red Bull no. 33.

Well, although it may seem like a laid back approach, Max sure knows what he is doing. We hope it gets him the results.

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Indrasish Ganguly

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Indrasish Ganguly is an F1 author at Essentially Sports. An avid fan of the F1 championship, the Kolkata based writer admires Lewis Hamilton the most on the F1 grid. His interest in racing stems from his love for cars and speed.

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