Max Verstappen Highlights His Expectations from Red Bull F1 to Counter Lewis Hamilton & Mercedes

Published 08/19/2021, 6:13 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


Red Bull and Max Verstappen seemed to have lost their way a bit in the championship fight. Red Bull was on par with Mercedes at the start of the season but took the lead in Monaco. They went on a stretch of 5 wins in a row before Mercedes halted their charge at Silverstone.

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Since the crash between Hamilton and Verstappen, Red Bull has lost ground to Mercedes. And after the first lap incident at Hungary, they trail the German team in both championships. Verstappen has urged his team to make some changes so that he can continue his title fight with Hamilton.

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It’s now up to us to keep working to find the one or two-tenths: Max Verstappen

The Dutch driver has lost the championship lead to Hamilton after the Hungarian Grand Prix. He has been involved in two crashes back-to-back in two race weekends. Also, he believes that the upgrades on the Mercedes have closed the gap to the Austrian team.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florian Goga

He has stated that Red Bull needs to find some pace to get back ahead of Mercedes after the summer break. “It’s now up to us to keep working to find the one or two-tenths of a second that Mercedes has taken back during the season,” said Max.

“We’ll have to see what else we can get out of the car. In Hungary, for example, Mercedes introduced a new floor. I’m sure we can make it an exciting battle. We always have a good chance to win and don’t have to give up all of a sudden.” said Verstappen on the title fight.

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As reported by Planetf1, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has stated that the team will not bring any more upgrades to their car. He also mentioned that the team has taken a step forward since Silverstone.

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021, McLaren team principal Toto Wolff before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

“In terms of aerodynamic development, we stopped a long time ago,” said Wolff. ” The last development stopped in spring and the last upgrade that was then produced we brought to Silverstone, and that upgrade functions. We have made a step forward.” mentioned the Austrian.

Mercedes are leading the Red Bull by 4 points in the constructors’ fight. Hamilton is ahead of Verstappen with 8 points in the drivers’ championship.

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Can Red Bull bounce back? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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