Nov.29 - Red Bull's car designer, works engine partner, and top Formula 1 driver are all determined to win the 2021 world championship.

Max Verstappen, with an apparent car disadvantage to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton but an 8 point lead with two races to go, was asked by the Spanish broadcaster DAZN what it will feel like to be called world champion after Abu Dhabi.

"I don't know and that's a good thing, because I don't think about these things," he said. "I'll improvise when the time comes, if it comes.

"And if not, same thing. If I don't think about the positive then I don't think about the negative either.

"I stay in the middle, which I think is what works best for me," said the 24-year-old Dutchman.

According to Dr Helmut Marko, Red Bull's famous technical boss Adrian Newey is fully motivated to squeeze every last thousandth out of the Red Bull package for the final two races.

"Newey started out as a racer," he told Auto Motor und Sport.

"If he sees a chance to win, then he is motivated in a completely different way than when he has a power unit at his disposal which is 30 horsepower too weak.

"There is no one more experienced in the championship, no one who has won so many titles with different teams, than him. This then motivates the other engineers in every department," Marko added.

Finally, Honda's managing director Masashi Yamamoto was asked about speculation Mercedes may have inched clearly ahead with a raft of late-season improvements.

"Mercedes may have secrets," he told as-web.jp, "but they only have to finish the remaining two races.

"We are still ahead on points, but I don't think we have an advantage," the Japanese admitted. "The situation is critical and the tension is increasing."

Despite trailing Verstappen heading into the final two races of the season, many online bookies, including Betway still have Hamilton as the favourite to collect a record-breaking eighth drivers championship.


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  1. f1award

    Building up to a great end of season battle, my main worry, as I said before, is Covid. I just hope it doesn't effect the outcome, MV or LH are both outstanding drivers and deserve to win on merit

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    • Jax

      Because unlike you who live in wishful thinking land and Marko who talks tough, Japs live in reality where the writing on the wall is bright as hell Lol. Given Merc's late season strategy and their Legendary driver on fire, plus past trends, it's all but over.
      And of course my predictions are on point again. 💪. I warned after Monza that Karma is gonna bite Max and Lewis will be smooth sailing. It took till Brazil for this to become clear. I don't pull forecasts out my ass like you seemingly do Old fella. 😄

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