It has been an almost curious 2020 season for Red Bull star driver Max Verstappen. He has won a race and secured podium finishes. But, he finds himself quite far away from Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
Early on during his Toro Rosso and Red Bull days, there was a suggestion that Verstappen was ‘overly aggressive’ in his driving. And owing to his accidents, he lost out on valuable points finishes.
But, this season in particular, all his points’ losses have come due to external factors. Be it the shunt in Mugello or technical failures of the power unit, they have only caused frustration to him.
The dream of being the youngest ever F1 champion is now all but over for him. But regardless of when it comes, Red Bull have to assure Max in some way, that they can eventually deliver.
Max Verstappen needs a competitive car for 2021
There have been hypothetical discussions about the outcome of the title race, had Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen had similar cars. But, focusing on the real life and much more viable option, is the Red Bull driver’s father, Jos Verstappen.
In a brief interview, he is quoted as saying, “We wait and see what happens. We have little use for all words to the outside world. It is time for Red Bull to put down a car with which you can become a champion.”
“If Max has a competitive car next year, they don’t have to worry about anything. That is the goal: to become world champion.” (translated from Google Translate)
From his words, it is clear that Red Bull have to find solutions. Obviously, the team also want to reclaim lost glory, not having won either Championship since the last time they did in 2013.
Red Bull have to solve the engine supplier problem
Of course, most of Red Bull’s planning and strategy will be fixated on how to approach the 2021 season. However, some thoughts will also need to be given on where the team is heading.
The team were dealt a big blow when Honda announced their intention to exit in 2021. But, the Japanese maker did assure fans that their strategy for 2021 will not be affected in any manner.
For the time being, progress will need to be made in the current season. Red Bull are in second behind Mercedes in the team standings. And will hope their drivers put in a strong showing at the Eifel GP, come October 11.