Red Bull “Won’t Have To Worry” if Verstappen is Given a Title Winning Car Says Father Jos

Published 10/07/2020, 9:35 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after finishing in second place in the race. Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


It has been an almost curious 2020 season for Red Bull star driver Max Verstappen. He has won a race and secured podium finishes, yet he finds himself miles away from Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

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Early on during his Toro Rosso and Red Bull days, there was a suggestion that Verstappen was ‘overly aggressive’ in his driving. And owing to his accidents, he lost out on valuable points finishes.
But this season, in particular, all his points’ losses have come due to external factors. Be it the shunt in Mugello or technical failures of the power unit.

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The dream of being the youngest ever F1 champion is now all but over for him. But regardless of when it comes, Red Bull have to assure Max in some way that they can eventually deliver.

Max Verstappen needs a competitive car for 2021

There have been hypothetical discussions about the outcome of the title race, had Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen been in similar cars. In a brief interview, he was quoted as saying, “We wait and see what happens. We have little use for all words to the outside world. It is time for Red Bull to put down a car with which you can become a champion.
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference after he finished in second place FIA/Handout via REUTERS
“If Max has a competitive car next year, they don’t have to worry about anything. That is the goal: to become world champion.” (translated from Google Translate)
From his words, it is clear that Red Bull have to find solutions. Obviously, they also want to reclaim their lost glory, not having won either Championship since the last time in 2013.

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Red Bull have to solve their engine supplier problem

Of course, most of Red Bull’s planning and strategy will be fixated on how to approach the 2021 season. The team were dealt a big blow when Honda announced their intention to part ways in 2021. But the Japanese maker did assure fans that their strategy for 2021 will not be affected in any manner.
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race. Pool via REUTERS/Kirill Kudryavtsev

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For the time being, progress will need to be made in the current season. Red Bull are in second behind Mercedes in the team standings. And will hope that their drivers put in a strong showing at the Eifel GP, come October 11th.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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