Max Verstappen Laughs Off His Extravagant Pre-Season Prediction

Published 12/20/2021, 5:35 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen poses with a tyre after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Rula Rouhana


Max Verstappen had a dream season in Formula One in 2021. He won 10 races, had a record 18 podiums, and edged out Lewis Hamilton to win his first world championship. But not everything went in the Dutch driver’s favor.

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The Red Bull driver had given his pre-season predictions for the 2021 season. After its completion, one of Verstappen’s predictions was way off, while others just about right. In his prediction for ‘most surprising thing that will happen in 2021’, Max wrote,” Haas winning a race. Almost.” Max too laughed at his prediction as the Haas team did not even score a point this season.

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Max Verstappen praises his new teammate Sergio Perez

As reported by F1i.com, the Red Bull had a new teammate going into the 2021 season, Sergio Perez. Although the Mexican struggled to match Max’s pace throughout the season, he played a huge role in helping Verstappen win the title.

“I think without Checo I wouldn’t be sitting here right now because then they would have had a pit gap with the Safety Car and stuff, so definitely Checo was driving incredibly,” said Max.

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Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Guasco

Verstappen was wary of Perez going into the season as he had not driven with Perez before the 2021 season. “Of course, when we started working together, it’s difficult to know exactly how it’s going to work out.

But… Checo is an amazing human being. Not only just to work with in F1 but a super nice person, a real family man as well, and yes, I really have a lot of good times with him and you can see he really means it, and he means well,” said Max.

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Although Red Bull did not win the constructors’ championship, their partnership was one of the best on the grid. The duo will hope to win the title next season in new cars.

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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 Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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