Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is one of the most talented drivers of the current era. As such, it can come as a bit of a surprise that he has never won a title in the junior open wheel categories of F1 such as F2 and F3. This is partly because he was fast-tracked into F1 at a very young age. Some have suggested that this lack of experience when it comes to being in a title fight could be a serious detriment to Max. Max has now responded while appearing in an interview for Autosport
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Is Max Verstappen Ready For Title Fight Despite Lack Of Experience?
Max began by explaining how he understands the basic essence of being in the fight for a world title in racing
“You don't have to win every fight or every race. But that's the nature of it. Just because I haven't won a title doesn't mean I don't understand”
He then explained how he only had one shot at winning the F3 title and even though he did not succeed, the experience was good enough
“I've only had one try to win the Formula 3 title. Yeah, it didn't work out. Once you've been in that position of having a car to win titles in, it makes things a lot easier”
He summed up his words by looking at the pressure of being in the title picture and why it is good to have that pressure
“Of course, there is this pressure to win a title because you fight with other drivers. But I think it's better to be in a situation like that than not because I think that then I can be even better. Because it's much nicer and you can deal with it better”
McLaren CEO Zak Brown has pointed out how if he were “Mercedes” the combination of Max Verstappen and George Russell would be “a pretty killer line-up for the next five years”
Meanwhile, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff reiterated that they “don’t want to leave it until January to confirm the two drivers”
“During the summer”, that “is when it should happen. Also, to give the driver peace of mind, or be able to concentrate on the job” added Wolff
Alpine's new Racing Director Davide Brivio has revealed that he “was always interested in trying to understand how F1 works” which led to him leaving MotoGP and joining F1
He added that “it’s been very interesting so far, so many things to discover and to get used to it”. He hopes soon, he’ll “be able to give” his “contribution and” his “help”
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner feels that “everyone just wants clarity” with regards to track limits
He added that “the worst thing for everyone is if you can use it in one instance, but not in another”
James Allison who recently stepped down from his role as Mercedes’ technical director to become their new Chief Technical Officer firmly believes “that people have a shelf life in senior roles in this sport”
He added that he has “chosen to step away from” his “role as Technical Director in order to pass on the baton at the right time for the organization and” himself
He also stated that “it is a great pleasure to be succeeded by Mike [Elliott], an exceptional engineer in a tremendously strong group of senior leaders in the team”
Mike Eliott, meanwhile, feels that these “are big shoes to fill and” he’s “delighted that” they “will be able to call on” Allison’s “expertise in his new role as CTO”
Red Bull’s reserve driver Alex Albon feels that a full-time return to F1 will depend on “how it works with BoP [in the DTM]”
“Of course”, his “role also in the reserve driver, simulator duties and testing, that is a much bigger role [in getting back to F1]” added Albon
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has confirmed that when his driver Sergio “Perez had free air, he was just as fast as” teammate Max “Verstappen” during the Bahrain GP
Piero Ferrari, son of Enzo Ferrari and vice-president of Ferrari hopes “to win at least one Grand Prix this season” and he doesn't think he’s “asking too much”
He also pointed out that “in 2021 it will be seventy years since” they “first won a Grand Prix. It was 1951 and Argentine Froilan Gonzalez triumphed at Silverstone”
He also reiterated that “every one of” them “in Ferrari is always under the microscope, it's part of” their “DNA”
McLaren’s Lando Norris feels that they “are not far behind Mercedes and Red Bull compared to last season”
He thinks they've “closed the gap a little bit and hopefully, at some circuits”, they “can close the gap even more”
He added that “it's hard to say if” they “are easily the best of the rest” and feels that the “positions are going to change between” them, “Ferrari and AlphaTauri”
Is Verstappen ready to fight for the title?
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