Over the previous few years, Max Verstappen has developed a really sturdy rivalry with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. After their tussle for the title in 2021, it has primarily been Verstappen who has been popping out on prime. In truth, Verstappen is at present dominating the remainder of the grid, together with Hamilton by fairly a complete margin. Despite the rivalry, nonetheless, Verstappen admits that he wouldn’t mind having Hamilton as his teammate.
After the onset of the turbo-hybrid period, Mercedes kickstarted an period of dominance. Between 2014 and 2020, they received all world titles, however that baton of dominance handed on to Red Bull the very subsequent season when Verstappen received the world championship. Since, then, the F1 championship has been a one-horse race in favor of the Red Bull driver.
Both Mercedes and Red Bull, together with their star drivers have been tremendously profitable in F1. However, they function very otherwise and are led by two very totally different crew principals. This distinction is what makes Verstappen certain that he can leap ship to Mercedes, and succeed with Hamilton as his teammate.
Mercedes and their rivalry with Red Bull
Red Bull and Mercedes have been the 2 most profitable groups in F1 since 2010. However, they’re very totally different in virtually each single side. This success and distinction have led to an iconic rivalry between these two nice outfits, led by Christian Horner and Toto Wolff respectively.
Despite this, Verstappen is open to becoming a member of a ‘very totally different Mercedes’. “It is certainly a really totally different atmosphere,” he stated to De Telegraaf when speaking a couple of potential Mercedes transfer. “It’s all the time necessary to be your self and preserve telling it like it’s. Then it doesn’t matter to me the place that’s.
“If a crew actually desires me in such a state of affairs, they will even go for you and I believe it’s also possible to barely modify sure issues. Then you come collectively, so to converse.”
However, though Verstappen admitted that he’s open to becoming a member of Mercedes, it doesn’t appear like a transfer that may materialize anytime quickly. With Red Bull, he has achieved an enormous quantity of success, profitable 45 races and two world championships. Additionally, it doesn’t appear like he’s stopping anytime quickly.
Max Verstappen might have by no means foreseen his success
Verstappen is at present first within the drivers’ championship, 125 factors forward of second positioned Sergio Perez. As issues stand, he’s the recent favourite to seal his third championship victory as early because the Qatar Grand Prix. However, when he joined Red Bull all these years in the past, he couldn’t foresee how a lot he would obtain.
“In the previous, I by no means might have imagined that I might obtain this success,” the 25-year-old stated. “I dreamed of reaching Formula 1 and perhaps sooner or later driving for a prime crew. This is what I’ve all the time labored for.”
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The Dutch driver received eight races in a row main up to the summer season break, and with the unstoppable RB19 at his disposal, he’s displaying no indicators of slowing down.