Max Verstappen Warns Red Bull Against Making ‘Stupid’ Mistake in Mercedes F1 Fight

Published 06/10/2021, 4:58 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


The 2022 Formula One season will have new regulations entering the sport, teams are in a catch-22 situation, whether they should focus on this year or concentrate on next year.

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen agrees and feels his Milton-Keynes colleagues should put in the effort for 2021. The Dutchman urges his team not to repeat history as seen back in 2008 when BMW stopped developing their car to focus on the following season.

Red Bull sits on top of the constructor’s table with 178 points and would like to extend their lead from rivals, Mercedes.

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Max Verstappen tells Red Bull to focus on the current season rather than next year

As quoted by Motorsport.total.com, Verstappen said, “My opinion: As long as we have a good chance of winning the title, we shouldn’t let up.

“It is of course difficult to say, ‘This year is tricky, but we can win next year’. You just don’t know.”  (Translated from German via Google)

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

He had also said, “As long as the chance of the world title is so great, we have to stay on the ball. It would be stupid to throw something away now just to look to next year.

“Who gives you the guarantee that we will win next year if we now fully concentrate on the new car?” Verstappen concluded.

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The battle between Mercedes and Red Bull intensifies

Out of the six races for this season, the Silver Arrows have won three out of those six, while the Milton-Keynes have won the remain three.

At Monaco GP, things went south for the Brackley-based squad as Lewis Hamilton placed seventh and Valtteri Bottas had to retire due to a botched pitstop. Verstappen won that race, giving his team to take the lead in the battle for the title.

However, instead of improving in Baku, Mercedes suffered another horrid weekend. As Bottas placed twelfth and Hamilton fell from second to fifteenth when the race was restarted.

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Sergio Perez won the race, after his teammate, Verstappen crashed and had to retire, this victory extend their lead in the championship.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Juan Medina

Now the seventh round of the championship takes place in France, in the coming weeks. The Silver Arrows will be looking to bounce back, while Red Bull will want another victory in the bag.

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Who do you think will come out on top in this title battle? Let us know 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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