Max Verstappen and Red Bull Have the “Best Cards” To Win F1 Race in Imola: Rosberg

Published 04/05/2021, 11:26 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates second place on the podium with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


In the last few seasons, Red Bull have promised to provide Max Verstappen with a competitive car. Unfortunately, almost every year, their challenger has managed to impress viewers, but only to deceive in the end. However, this time around, they have a piece of machinery capable of launching an assault on the F1 title.

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In fact, so much so that they are the favorites to win the next round in Imola, according to a former world champion. He is none other than Nico Rosberg. His association with Mercedes doesn’t deter him from believing that their rivals have the upper hand.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Race winner Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference with second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

The German was engaging in a conversation with Sky Sports Germany after his team, X Racing, won the inaugural round of the Extreme E Championship, fending off the competition from his ex-nemesis Lewis Hamilton‘s team, X 44.

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“Red Bull currently has the faster car, that makes it even more exciting. They have an advantage right now. Now we have to see how this superiority of Mercedes and Hamilton is catching up – Also in terms of auto speed. That’s why I believe that Imola Verstappen has the best cards again,” Rosberg proclaimed. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Everyone in the F1 community is touting this season as the battle between Verstappen and Hamilton; the greatest driver of his generation against the young hopeful threatening to take his throne.

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And in the midst of this battle, their respective teammates are going under the radar. However, Rosberg is not underestimating the prowess of either Perez or Bottas behind the wheel of the car. He believes that they are fully capable of springing an upset and that’s why he is even more excited to see how the season unfolds.

“The excitement can’t top that for us either. You really don’t know who will win. Maybe the team-mates can still intervene – a Bottas, a Perez – they’re also very quick. Bottas has often taken pole position. So I’m really looking forward to the weekend.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

We can’t wait for the next round in Imola either. The gap between the second and the first round is three weeks; but with a record 23-race calendar, the races will come thick and fast later in the season. So hopefully, we witness an adrenaline rush that we haven’t in the past few seasons.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. When he's not following Formula One or NBA, Bharat also enjoys tennis and MMA.

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