Verstappen Eyes a Win at Baku After Monaco Victory

Published 05/31/2021, 8:10 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium with a trophy after finishing second in the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

Having broken his podium drought in Monaco with a race win, Max Verstappen will approach the next weekend high on confidence. The Dutchman is on such a high that he hopes to win his first race at the upcoming Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which is scheduled at the start of June.


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Just like Monte Carlo, Verstappen is in a podium drought in Baku as well. While he retired from the 2018 race due a crash with then-teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, he just missed out on a podium with a P4 finish in 2019.

Max Verstappen eyes a win at the Azerbaijan GP


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As quoted by, Max said, “There is a good track in Baku but frankly it is not my favorite. I did not manage to get on the podium there, but it is time to change it. I am waiting.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti

Verstappen leads the championship for the first time with 105 points to his name, being chased by Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, who would aim to stop.

Can Max hold off Lewis for another victory as they prepare to battle it around the streets of Baku? We shall find out soon enough.

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The Dutch driver aims to beat Mercedes in Baku as well

The Red Bull prodigy has managed to beat the Silver Arrows on two occasions this season so far. Once at the Emilia GP, and the most recent was at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix. Now, as he prepares for the sixth race of the championship, Max hopes he can keep both Mercedes drivers in his rear-view mirrors.

Verstappen said, “Of course, there are a few lessons to be learned from here as well like how we started on the Thursday – we don’t want to do that again, of course, in Baku.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Nacho Doce

“It seems we are competitive, but it seems Mercedes are competitive, they are the ones to beat, on normal tracks, [but I am] of course very happy with what we achieved as a team this weekend.”


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“We’re leading the championship and I hope to be there at the end of the season because that’s important,” he concluded.

Do you think Max can break the Baku curse and get his first win at Azerbaijan or will history repeat itself? What do you think let us know in the comments below.


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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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