Schumacher Has a Grim Prediction for Max Verstappen’s F1 Title Chances

Published 11/23/2021, 11:12 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 18, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic


Mercedes have been the team to beat since the Brazilian GP weekend. Lewis Hamilton, despite starting from the back, won the race in the most dominating style. With insane grit and focus on the track, he outclassed his opponents in Qatar emphatically, including championship rival Max Verstappen. Now, Former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher, believes that in normal circumstances, Verstappen will lose to Hamilton in 2021.

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With only two races to go, Max leads the championship race by 8 points. He will have a chance to wrap the title in Saudi Arabia if he wins the race and provided Lewis finishes below sixth. But realistically, the title will only be decided in the last race in Abu Dhabi.

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Ralf Schumacher gives his opinion on the Hamilton-Verstappen title fight

As reported by Motorsportweek, the former F1 driver stated that the Mercedes have a more stable package as compared to Red Bull. He also revealed that the Dutch driver needs to have luck on his side to beat the 7-time world champion now.

“The Mercedes is currently the more stable package,” said Schumacher.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 14, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race alongside second-placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

“Max gives everything and shows how good he is. Under normal circumstances, however, he has no chance. Maybe he will have the luck that he has lacked so far.”

“If he had that already at the beginning of the season, he might now be world champion,” said the former Williams driver.

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“Mercedes is fast enough and does not have to cheat”- Ralf Schumacher

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There has been a lot of controversy regarding the sudden surge in Mercedes’ pace. Ralf Schumacher mentioned that the German team does not need to cheat and have often shown their caliber and the potential they possess.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 20, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during qualifying REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

“We have seen again here [in Qatar] that Mercedes is fast enough and does not have to cheat. I do not assume that any team wilfully disregard the rules. If you go close to the limit, something can always go wrong and you get into grey areas,” said Ralf.

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Although the former F1 driver may have a point, this title fight has subverted expectations repeatedly. So it is premature to announce a winner or favor a team with two races to go.

Do you think Ralf makes a fair point?

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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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