Villeneuve Reveals What is Forcing Red Bull to Make Strategic Errors in Mercedes F1 Tight

Published 05/30/2021, 5:03 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


Red Bull were the most dominant on the grid from the 2010 season till 2013. The Milton-Keynes outfit won four constructor’s championships and four driver’s championships, courtesy of Sebastian Vettel. However, they have been struggling to win a title ever since Mercedes became a dominant force on the track since 2014.

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Now, the team look like they are on the right track in the title fight this year. Not only have they fielded a much more competitive car this season, but their star driver, Max Verstappen, has won two of five races so far. The Austrian squad are also in the lead in both championships as of now.

However, former-world champion, Jacques Villeneuve feels the Red Bull days are done and can’t win another title.

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Red Bull no longer fighting for the title says, Villeneuve

As quoted from Motorsport Magazin.com, Villeneuve said, “Red Bull is no longer used to fighting for titles. You have therefore already made mistakes in strategy decisions.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium with a trophy after finishing second in the race REUTERS/Albert Gea
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He added, “They have incredible people there, that will be fine. But now the bigger problem is that Perez wasn’t in the fight. He was quick but somehow things went wrong.”

Can the Milton-Keynes squad put an end to the Mercedes dominance?

The Silver Arrows have been unstoppable since 2014 and have won every single championship till now, both constructor’s championship and the driver’s championship as well. The Brackley-based squad won their seventh title last season and hope to win another one this season.

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However, their rivals from Milton-Keynes seem to have some strong pace around the track this season, as they won at the Emilia GP and the recent Monaco GP. But, Mercedes have a talented driver lineup in Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas and hope they came come victorious at the end of this season.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Both teams have been neck-to-neck this season, ever since things got kicked of in Bahrain. Who do you think will come out on top? Will it be Mercedes once again, or rivals Red Bull? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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