Max Verstappen Has an Unpleasant Update for Mercedes F1 Ahead of Belgian GP

Published 08/26/2021, 5:23 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in third place Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny


The Belgian Grand Prix is right around the corner and the two title contenders, Red Bull and Mercedes are raring to go. Max Verstappen is hoping the upgrades for this weekend at Spa will take them closer to their rivals from Brackley.

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The Silver Arrows currently lead in the constructor’s championships while the Milton-Keynes-based outfit are down in second. Hence, the Dutch driver is hoping the improvements done to the RB16B will bridge the gap to Mercedes this weekend.

Max Verstappen is optimistic about Red Bull’s upgrades for Spa

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With the summer break now over, teams are back to putting the focus on improving their cars. Red Bull are said to bring upgrades for the Belgian Grand Prix, and their prodigy has high hopes on them to help them in their battle against the Silver Arrows.

Speaking to Koen Sniekers in an exclusive interview with motorsport.com, Verstappen said, “It’s close together. I think Mercedes has had an advantage over the last two races with their latest upgrades.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

“But we know we also have some things in the pipeline. I hope that will give us some lap time.” the 23-year-old concluded.

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Can Verstappen bounce back in Belgium?

The Dutch driver’s last race before the summer break ended in disappointment. Verstappen had to settle for a frustrating ninth-place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hence, it is no surprise that the 23-year-old would be more motivated than ever by the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix. As it stands, Max finds himself in second place in the title race with just 187 points. While Hamilton leads the table with 195.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

The Red Bull driver would aim to have the edge over the 7-time world champion this weekend, which would see him take home maximum points, and try to close the eight-point gap that currently exists between himself and Lewis.

Can Verstappen take home a victory for the Milton-Keynes-based outfit at Spa? Or will Britain’s Knight will prevent him from doing so? Let us know what are your predictions 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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