Max Verstappen Was Playing Mindgames With Mercedes During Abu Dhabi GP Reveals Father Jos

Published 12/16/2020, 2:45 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 13, 2020 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Max Verstappen has been testing Mercedes all season. Staying true to the custom, Verstappen and Red Bull once again showed significant promise towards the end of the season. Verstappen won the second race of the season and the tenth of his career.

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He finished the championship at P3 on the standings as he kept taking the fight to Mercedes each weekend. He missed the P2 position by just 9 points. He would have managed a P2 finish it wasn’t for some unfortunate DNFs and retirements.
Verstappen led every lap of the final race. He was so comfortable with his lead, he even asked on the radio that we could reduce the performance a little if we want. ” I think that was a little bluff from him. For me, that was just a signal that he wanted to prove how relatively effortless he was leading,” said Jos Verstappen smilingly.

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Max Verstappen looking forward to relaxing

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 13, 2020 Red Bull’s Alexander Albon passes his team at the end of the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS
Verstappen spent the whole season with his feet on the pedal. However, he is finally excited to change that after the season ends. “Now I’m looking forward to my home and to being able to put my feet on the sofa after so many races,” he said.

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Jos Verstappen also spoke highly about his son’s final drive of the season in Abu Dhabi. He said, “I kept my fingers crossed for Max that he would get away as well as possible at the start, he did it. That was not a matter of course either, because not all starts in 2020 were exemplary. When he was in the lead, he could control what was happening,” he further added.
A driver needs a good car to win in Formula 1 and Max had a fantastic car in Abu Dhabi. He did complain about some vibrations in the tyres, but he managed the tyres well to claim the win.

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Max Verstappen is maturing and is consistently driving at a high level. The win will definitely boost the team morale and hopefully, they will be more competitive for the championship next season.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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