Max Verstappen Admits His F1 Record in Baku “Has to Change” After Overturning Monaco Fortunes

Published 05/31/2021, 12:04 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the press conference after qualifying in second position FIA/Handout via REUTERS


After a dominating win at Monaco, Max Verstappen will hope to build on his form at Baku. Red Bull’s superstar, who was never on the podium before in Monaco, ended his drought only last weekend. Max will look to end his curse at Baku where Mercedes has won two of the three F1 races.

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“In Monaco, I was never on the podium before 2021, then I won. My previous record in Baku is not so good, that has to change.” said the 23-year-old.

Max Verstappen seeks glory at Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen has never finished on a podium in Baku and perhaps best known for his collision with his own teammate Daniel Ricciardo in 2018. He only has the best finish of 4th to his name in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

“The course is okay, even if it’s not my favorite route now. I assume that Mercedes will be very strong after a difficult Monaco weekend,” said the Dutchman.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen reacts after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

After clinching the Monaco title, both Verstappen and Red Bull will be leading the Drivers and Constructors’ Championship, respectively.

If you don’t make it to the podium at a certain race for so long and then you win, it’s a special feeling. Of course, it was nice to take the lead in the drivers’ championship, but I’ve always said – I don’t want to be ahead in the fifth race of the season but at the end of the season.

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“We can be proud of the first part of the World Cup, but we can’t let up a bit now. In order to hold our own in the battle for the title, we have to get even better in all respects. We can’t afford to make mistakes either.” said the 12 times Grand Prix winner.

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In fact, Max Verstappen’s previous results from Baku are below average for the lofty standards that he has set for himself. So do you think Max Verstappen can break his curse on 6th June and win his first-ever Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

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