Mercedes AMG Associate Explains His Surprise Backing of Max Verstappen & Red Bull F1

Published 11/03/2021, 8:22 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race REUTERS/Brian Snyder


After over five years, the zest of rivalry is back in Formula 1, as Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton look to battle against each other for the 2021 world championship title. Amidst the rising heat between the duo, the bystanders have started to express their perspectives on who should win it.

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Hardly a week back, Felipe Massa placed his dibs on Verstappen, which is quite understandable as Hamilton stole his only chance of winning an F1 title back in 2008. However, here’s someone from the Mercedes AMG family itself, backing Red Bull to secure the championship.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race with second place Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Hubert Haupt, the owner of the Haupt Racing Team, revealed that he is rooting for the Dutchman to win the championship title this season. Of course, he doesn’t hold any grudge against Mercedes or their much-loved driver, Hamilton.

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Instead, the German opined that F1 needs a new world champion, especially after Hamilton’s long-held reign. “I think it’s time for someone other than Hamilton to become world champion,” he told Sport1.de. (Translated via Google Translate)

Haupt hopes for Max Verstappen victory in Mexico and Brazil

Haupt, who runs the Mercedes AMG GT3 in the DTM series, acknowledged that being a part of the Mercedes family, he should be supporting Hamilton. However, he reckoned that Red Bull and Honda deserve to win a title after such a long wait.

But in terms of Formula 1, it would be important for Red Bull to win the title. So I hope that Verstappen makes it,” the 52-year-old said.

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There are still a few more stretches that are Mercedes, but if he scores well in the next two races, his nerves are so strong that he can do it.”

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

Verstappen has a crucial period of weeks ahead in Mexico and Brazil; he needs to finish ahead of Hamilton over both the races. Because what follows then is the final round in the middle-east. Both Qatar and Saudi Arabia could fall into Mercedes’ strengths.

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Hence, it is almost mandatory that Verstappen wins the Mexican GP and the Brazilian GP and extends his gap to the seven-time world champion. But how intense is Hamilton’s fightback going to be? Will the Briton let Verstappen have a free run in America?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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