Max Verstappen Addresses Mercedes F1 Rumors: “Don’t Know What Lewis Is Going to Do”

Published 02/26/2021, 3:05 AM EST
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Recently, Lewis Hamilton signed a bizarre one-year contract with Mercedes and is due to expire by the end of 2021. This ignited speculations that the Briton might bow out of the sport following the end of the 2021 season. Some believe that if he does Max Verstappen will try and fill the void at the German outfit.

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Well, the flying Dutchman opened up that he is clueless about Lewis’s plans beyond 2021. Hence, until Lewis confirms his retirement, Max opined that he is keeping his entire focus on the upcoming outing with Red Bull.

What did Max Verstappen say?

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According to Crash, Max spoke about his possibilities of moving to the rival F1 team, Mercedes. “At the end of the day, I don’t know what Lewis is going to do,” he said.
I’m just focused on myself and focused on this year and trying to make that a success. So early in the season with basically just a shakedown, I am not thinking about those sort of things at this stage.”
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Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Max is setting himself up for his sixth season with Red Bull, and his chances of securing a title are looking bright this time around. Considering the massive expectations from the farewell Honda engine, Red Bull could hand Max a powerful beast.
Hence, with Max in his prime, he could turn up as an enormous threat to the two Mercedes-powered front runners. Furthermore, the Dutchman will also get better support from his new teammate, Sergio Perez.
Therefore, Red Bull, with a strong line-up in the bag, will be hoping that they can retrieve the dominion from their rivals, who have been holding onto it since the dawn of the hybrid era.

It doesn’t change anything for me: Max on Red Bull’s engine takeover

The Red Bull driver revealed that Red Bull’s recent decision to take over Honda’s engine project had no impact on his future decisions.
No, it doesn’t change anything for me,” he said. “It’s exciting. But at the same time, I’m not too focused on it at the moment.
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Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talk in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images,)
We are living in the moment, trying to have a good season first of all this year. And the smart people in the background will handle those kind of things with the engine.
Overall, the 2021 season will be an interesting watch for the fans. And the excitement will not just be restricted to on-track actions, but off-track as well.

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Amid such hype, there is a big question running inside everyone’s head.
Will Hamilton retire following the 2021 season? Will it open doors to Max Verstappen‘s championship-winning hopes?
Well, let’s see what the future holds.

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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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