There’s a Reason Why Latifi Drives a Williams & I drive a Red Bull: Verstappen

Published 06/26/2021, 6:48 AM EDT
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


While getting a feel of the Red Bull Ring ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen was setting in his laps in FP1. However, it didn’t go as smoothly as he would have hoped for, as Williams‘ Nicholas Latifi held him back, which frustrated the Dutch driver.

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The Red Bull prodigy later stated the difference between the two, taking a dig at the Canadian on why he is in a backmarker team, whereas he (Verstappen) is in a Red Bull.

Max Verstappen takes a shot at Latifi’s driving skills

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Speaking to Ziggo Sport after the two practice sessions on Friday, Verstappen said, “There’s a reason why someone is in a Williams and someone is in a Red Bull.”

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 25, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

However, his interruption by Latifi wasn’t as damaging as the 23-year-old thought it would be, as he still managed to be on the top of the timesheet in FP1, and kept his place in the second session as well. Giving the Dutchmen high hopes for a stellar quali lap on Saturday.

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Can Max give a victory to Red Bull at their home race?

After winning the French Grand Prix last weekend, Verstappen is hoping for a similar performance in the upcoming race as well. The eighth round of the championship takes us to the team’s backyard in Austria at the Red Bull Ring.

The last time Verstappen was on this venue, he scored a podium by coming third. However, this time around, the Dutchman isn’t looking to settle for third but is hoping for a win and give his Milton-Keynes colleagues a home victory.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 25, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Furthermore, Max is determined to have another win under his belt this season, so that he can extend his lead against title-rival, Lewis Hamilton.

Being the fastest in both practice sessions has certainly has increased his hunger for getting all 25 points on Sunday’s race?

But first Max has to set the quickest around the circuit, to see that he starts on pole, further increasing his chances of winning the Styrian GP.

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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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