Sport Verstappen: Without the turbo era, Red Bull could have been just as dominant. Max

18:00  17 january  2021
18:00  17 january  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Verstappen believes, however, that Red Bull might have been able to run a similar series if the regulations with the V6 turbo engines hadn't come. Red Bulls Siege wie in Abu Dhabi blieben Einzelerfolge Because the last four years under the old regulations all went to Red Bull , who won the title with Sebastian Vettel from 2010 to 2013. The break then came on time with the new set of rules. "If the regulations hadn't changed after 2013, then Red Bull would have been able to show the same thing, I think", says Verstappen in an interview with 'Motorsport-Total.com'. But the introduction of turbo units played Mercedes into the cards and was perfect for the Silver Arrows.

"They prepared for the V6 era very early on and were equipped with a good power unit from the start. And that helped them tremendously from the start," emphasizes the Dutchman.

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However, he has to admit that the strength of Mercedes is not based solely on the good engine. The team also understood how to do a good job with the chassis. "They made their car very quickly. And everything looks better with a good top speed. But they also had a fantastic car, you can't deny that."

And although Mercedes seemed more dominant than ever in 2020 and the cars will at least basically be taken over in 2021, the Dutchman sees a good chance for Red Bull this year: "We have improved the car enormously," he emphasizes. "I think we understood the problems we had. I think we can address them in the coming season - hopefully."

Verstappen knows: "We need a car that works well on different tracks - Mercedes has always been very good at that. We have to be very good on all types of track, especially on a calendar with 23 races."

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