Mercedes and their team Principal Toto Wolff have resorted to quite a few threats of protests against Red Bull this season. This is unusual for them as they have generally had a comfortable enough margin to the rest of the field. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who currently leads the Drivers’ Championship has now explained why Mercedes have taken this path
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Max Verstappen Explains Why Mercedes Are Protesting So Much
Max began by reaffirming that he doesn’t expect anyone to relent as far as the title fight is concerned
“I don't expect anyone to give up now, that it will be a fight to the finish. What we have to do is keep pushing, because we have control over that. And then at the end of the season we'll see where we end up”
As reported here, James Allison had recently revealed that Mercedes still have a few upgrades in the pipeline. Max pointed that out next
“But those who follow the news could have already read that James Allison has said that there are still some things to come for Mercedes”
He then explained why Mercedes have been threatening to protest
“It's also of course because they never had any outside competition in the last two years, lol. So I do get it”
He signed off by reiterating that focusing on 2021 despite the regulations change in 2022 is the logical step
“If you have a chance of winning the championship, which you have worked so hard for in recent years, you have to go for it. That seems logical to me”
Aston Martin F1 CEO Otmar Szafnauer has announced that “Andrew Alessi [Red Bull’s former aerodynamics engineer] is added to the impressive list of [their] senior technical/engineering hirings”
Andrew Alessi, who is the second such hiring from Red Bull, is “delighted to be joining Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team as Head of Technical Operations”
Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel is “sure that [the two Red Bull engineers his team has signed] will help [them]”
However, he confirmed that he is “not behind these changes. [His] Red Bull time is far too far back”
McLaren’s Lando Norris feels that “Ferrari will certainly be a bigger danger. With better starting positions they would have made [their] life really difficult in the first race” in Austria
For Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, “it’s obviously a great boost of motivation throughout the season to come to a race and [to] know that if you deliver to your maximum, you can end up winning a race”
However, “the pressure is on, you know you have to deliver to a very high level. You are competing against the very, very best drivers. Against a very top team like Mercedes”
The “race I had with Hamilton, literally against him, I was fortunate enough to see how good he is”, Perez added
AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda has revealed that “Sergio gives [him] a lot of advice, especially after France or Monaco he gave [Yuki] messages after a really bad weekend”
“He messaged me advice and positive words, which makes me more motivated, so thank you to Sergio”, Yuki added
He further stated that they “have four drivers from Red Bull, [they] have a really good relationship and [he] will still keep pushing to improve and [be] inspired from them”
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has confirmed that he has driven the 2022 Ferrari in the simulator and that “it feels very different”
He added that “it's a question mark for everyone whether [they] are developing well or not”
AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly knows that he and Leclerc coming together at the Styrian GP “wasn’t done on purpose and it’s not something that Charles deliberately did”
“But for sure, it has quite a big consequence on [Gasly’s] race” which is why he “was a bit surprised when Leclerc didn’t get a penalty
This was “especially after seeing Valtteri [Bottas] get a [three-place grid penalty] for losing control of his car in the pit lane but not really affecting anyone else’s race”
He further stated that “it doesn’t matter if it’s your friend, [He] was still quite upset, but [he knows Leclerc and knows] the way he races, he’s a fair guy and he didn’t do it on purpose”
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