Max Verstappen Keen Not To ‘Raise Expectations’ for Red Bull’s 2021 F1 Chances

Published 02/28/2021, 6:10 AM EST
MONTMELO, SPAIN: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage during day one of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya on February 18, 2019 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Red Bull had an amazing 2020 season, the Milton-Keynes-based outfit took home 319 points with 2 wins and 13 podiums. The team went a further step and got Mexican driver, Sergio Perez, to increase their title hopes in 2021.

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However, the team’s prodigy, Max Verstappen, said they need to be realistic and want to focus on the present rather than speculate about the future but is keen ongoing to Bahrain and finding out where they stand against their rivals.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on during the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Cooler Runnings event at Station Pier, Port Melbourne ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen prefers to stick to reality for 2021

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On being asked about their title hopes, the Dutchman said, “So to be honest, we don’t know yet. I always prefer to be realistic and there is no point in talking about these things right now.”We need to look at this when we go to Bahrain, we will see if we are successful in the first race.

Max added, “I don’t want to talk about it and raise expectations right now. We know where we want to be and where we want to get to, and we need to understand this right now.”(translated via Google)

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The Milton-Keynes-based outfit got close to the silver Arrows due to Ferrari’s lack of performance, hence giving Red Bull to try to chase down Mercedes but couldn’t close enough. The team looks like title contenders in 2021 with a talented lineup behind the wheel in the form of Sergio Perez and Verstappen.

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The team has brought in the Mexican to partner up with Verstappen for the 2021 season. Red Bull’s car, the RB16B, will be piloted by these two talented duos as they chase down Mercedes for the title.

The team will use the Honda engine to power them for the upcoming year after an engine development freeze was decided upon. The team will also have their own in-house engine called Red Bull Powertrains limited which will come into action in 2022, powering them and sister team Alpha Tauri.

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 12: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during the Red Bull Racing RB16 launch at Silverstone Circuit on February 12, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The season opener race is getting closer, the 28th of March in Bahrain will kick off the season, and then we will have our answers of whether Verstappen and Perez can challenge Mercedes in 2021 or will be in their rearview mirrors is just a matter of time.

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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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