Ferrari Hint at More Red Bull F1 Upgrades in Big Blow to Lewis Hamilton

Published 10/09/2021, 5:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


The final showdown is near! F1 fans are barely 2 months away from witnessing the ultimate 2021 world champion of the two contenders, Lewis Hamilton, and Max Verstappen. The latter, in particular, has been quite exhilarating to watch along with Red Bull Racing’s reluctance in giving up on the fight.

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By the looks of it, a nail-biting finish to the season is on cards, as neither of the team holds an edge over the other. What’s more, with both Mercedes and Red Bull affirming that the development surrounding their 2021 F1 cars is over, one might assume major pace differences would be highly unlikely.

However, Ferrari F1 sporting director, Laurent Mekies, doesn’t think so. Watching the rivalry from the sidelines, the Frenchman reckoned that there could be some minor tweaks to Verstappen’s car in a bid to up his Red Bull’s pace.

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What did the Ferrari sporting director say?

During the press conference at Istanbul Park, Mekies opined that Verstappen will only get quicker with each race from here on.

It’s difficult to say. It’s a great fight. After, whatever, 15 races or more, they are two or three points apart. It’s great to see,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 8, 2021 Laurent Mekies, Ferrari Sporting Director during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS 

Looking from the side, it seems that we will see a bit more speed in the latest races with Max. But, I’m sure it’s going to be a very tough fight until the last race.

Will Red Bull & Verstappen grab onto the golden opportunity in Istanbul?

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Hamilton has a tough weekend ahead, having taken up a new engine consequently paying the price by a 10-place grid penalty. Hence, the Briton will at most be starting from P11. And this is indeed a golden opportunity for Verstappen to snatch the championship lead from Hamilton and also extend his gap too.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 8, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Umit Bektas

However, Verstappen is having his own problems with Red Bull this weekend. He was barely in the comfort zone on Friday, with his car swinging like a pendulum from understeer to oversteer. So, after the night’s work in the garage, all eyes will be on how Verstappen is performing over the final practice session.

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If he fails to up his game by qualifying, there are massive chances that he might as well lose out to Hamilton in the race despite holding onto the track position advantage. Hence, an interesting race weekend in the offing, with both teams eagerly looking to fight each other out. But, who is ultimately going to come ahead in Turkey?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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