The 2021 season has been full of close racing so far and Red Bull have even taken the lead in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ championship. Mercedes driver and defending world championship Lewis Hamilton had stated that Red Bull has a clear advantage and had suggested that Mercedes were now the underdogs. Max Verstappen has now responded to this while speaking to the media in Austria
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Max Verstappen Fed Up Of Hamilton’s Underdog Act
Max began by speaking about the positives this season
“We finally have a car this year that is good enough to attack Mercedes. Often even with the two of us. It's going the way we want. Sergio [Perez] is doing well. I'm happy with him. It clicks”
He added how the win in France was a huge boost
“The win in France was a huge boost. We didn't expect to be so strong there. A great weekend and a very important win”
He then explained what he expects from the next two weeks
“I expect two good race weekends, but we are evenly matched. It will be exciting again. Details will be decisive. We just have to work hard. We have developed the RB16 very well and now it is falling into place”
He signed off by reacting to Hamilton’s suggestion that Mercedes have some ground to make up
“I'm getting a little tired of Lewis always creeping into the underdog position. We drove in France with less wing (less downforce). Everyone could see that. Maybe Lewis should buy glasses”
The Turkish GP has been reinstated on the 2021 calendar and will now take the place of the cancelled Singapore GP
Red Bull’s Head of Aerodynamics Dan Fallows will become the new technical director of Aston Martin next year
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has revealed that "last year [he] was really beating [himself] up”
He had “to come to a decision of whether [he] wanted to go back in finance and have a hedge fund or continue with [his] private investment company or stay in motor racing”
“At the end motor racing won. There are new challenges that are coming. It's about diversifying the business while not distracting from racing” Wolff added
Max Verstappen feels that having the fans back in Austria is “Nice. [He] missed them. Without them there is little atmosphere”
He added that “it won't affect [his] motivation and results and [he] can't hear them in the cockpit, but [he] can see them! They make this sport special”
Former F1 driver turned pundit Martin Brundle has stated that “as far as [he’s] concerned, it's as good as finished. Lewis [Hamilton] will stay in Formula 1 next year. He wants to drive the 2022 cars”
He also feels that Williams’ “George [Russell] is a young man in a hurry, he's got the experience now, he's going to be desperate to get in the Mercedes seat”
Former driver turned analyst Paul di Resta thinks that “Lewis will push to keep Valtteri there. Team dynamics are working”
He further guesses that “the big question Mercedes have got to ask themselves is: with Checo going to Red Bull and doing such a good job there, they need to know if George is going to be the absolute backup for Lewis”
AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly has suggested that he works “very hard to become a complete driver. And [he shows] that on the track as well”
He fights “against Ferrari and also McLaren, and [he does] it consistently. [He performs] in qualifying and also for the races. No other driver has achieved 37 points with AlphaTauri after seven races”
“In the past, such results have always been rewarded with a jump to Red Bull - or at least pretty quickly” Gasly suggested
He further feels that he “could perform at least as well as” current Red Bull driver Sergio Perez
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko “can do nothing but be satisfied” with Max Verstappen
McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has suggested that “on paper [the Red Bull Ring] should suit [their] car and the drivers they have had good results around here”
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