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With Things Changing in F1 Scene, Max Verstappen Admits to Being Nervous

Somin Bhattacharjee

With Things Changing in F1 Scene, Max Verstappen Admits to Being Nervous

Max Verstappen endured one of his most difficult races in recent times, two weeks ago in Miami. With McLaren’s upgrades making them faster-paced and Ferrari too on the ascendency, Verstappen is now wary of Red Bull losing its grasp on the ‘dominant’ tag that has been next to its name for so long. Ahead of the Emilia-Romagna GP weekend, Verstappen talks about being nervous about this change.

He is used to winning races with ease by now, but Norris comprehensively outperforming him in Miami shook him up. When asked if he is nervous about a Red Bull downfall, the 26-year-old replied (as quoted by F1 Maximaal), “Very nervous, I can’t sleep.”

Verstappen then joked about the extent to which he is worried but then admitted that he is indeed concerned. He revealed that they weren’t in control of the car’s balance throughout the Miami GP weekend, which is unfamiliar territory for them.

On the other hand, he has a justification about why Red Bull struggled more than they should have. Verstappen revealed that damage to his car affected his overall running tenfold, which is primarily why Lando Norris (race winner) was able to finish 7.6 seconds ahead of him.

Talking about the upcoming weekend, Verstappen seems confident about having a better performance.

Max Verstappen banking on Red Bull’s upgrades

Verstappen and Red Bull will be looking to avoid more nervous slip-ups heading into the double-header, starting with Imola. Red Bull are bringing upgrades to the track, with the RB20’s performance expected to improve. Already a strong car, the RB20 getting even faster will be music to Verstappen’s ears.

“We also come with upgrades. Then we will see it automatically,” says the Dutch driver.  “I know if I get in the car, I try to get the best out of it.” 

Despite the recent setback, Verstappen remains the favorite to win the race in Imola. However, McLaren’s upgrades, which worked wonders in Miami (a track it wasn’t suited to), will give Norris and Oscar Piastri a fair shot at getting the better of Verstappen once again.

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Somin Bhattacharjee

Somin Bhattacharjee


Somin Bhattacharjee is an F1 editor at The SportsRush and has written more than 2000 articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and considers sports to be a part of his life. Somin has been a fan of Scuderia Ferrari since 2010 and his favorite driver is none another than the legendary Fernando Alonso. Other than longing for a Ferrari Championship win once again, Somin spends his free time playing football and basketball.

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