Max Verstappen Fires Back at Superstitious Red Bull F1 Livery Critics

Published 10/10/2021, 5:02 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen reacts after qualifying in third position REUTERS/Umit Bektas


With the Japanese Grand Prix canceled, the Turkish GP was chosen as its replacement. Red Bull turned up to the Istanbul Park with a livery that was a tribute to Honda who are set to leave the grid at the end of the season.

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However, not everyone is on board with the new livery. The Milton-Keynes-based outfit failed to out-qualify Mercedes and many suspect the new design has played a role in it. But, Max Verstappen doesn’t believe the superstitions.

Superstition regarding Red Bull’s new livery for the Turkish Grand Prix

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In the past, when a team has a new livery for a Grand Prix weekend, it hasn’t ended well. Hence, certain people feel that Red Bull weren’t able to match the pace of the Silver Arrows due to their new livery.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Murad Sezer

As quoted by Grandpx.news, Verstappen said, “Sometimes they say you shouldn’t walk under a ladder either, but that’s exactly what I do. I don’t believe in that sort of thing.” (Translated from Dutch via Google)

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With Lewis receiving a grid penalty, Max Verstappen looks optimistic for the Turkish GP

Lewis Hamilton did achieve pole position in Saturday’s qualifying session. However, the Knight changed his ICE which will see him receive a 10-place grid penalty. Meanwhile, the Dutch driver qualified third and will look to steal the lead as soon as the lights go out.

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

Verstappen hopes to win the Turkish Grand Prix, as he would like to regain the top spot in the title race. As it stands, Max finds himself in second place in the standings with a 2-point deficit against his arch-rival Hamilton. Hence, he hopes to see the chequered flag in Sunday’s race.

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The Formula One community is excited to see the next chapter in the Lewis – Max rivalry unfold at the Istanbul Park? Who do you think will claim victory in Turkey? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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