Feb.5 (GMM) Max Verstappen says he needs a car within “two tenths” of Lewis Hamilton’s in order to put “pressure” on the six time world champion in 2020.
Red Bull-Honda is bullish about its chances of beating Mercedes and Ferrari in the final season of the current regulations.
“Beating Hamilton depends a lot on the car,” Verstappen, 22, is quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Dutchman made headlines this week for saying that while the Mercedes driver is “one of the best ever”, Hamilton is also “not God”.
“When you put pressure on someone, it’s harder for them when they’re in front,” Verstappen continues.
“If there is no one to pressure him, he can drive to 97-98 percent of the car’s potential without making mistakes. If we can start the season two tenths at the most behind Mercedes, we can put pressure on him.
“I can’t wait to find myself in the situation to pressure him. I know we could do very well,” he added.
Verstappen said he will be particularly relaxed in 2020, as he has just signed a new contract with Red Bull for 2021, 2022 and 2023.
“If you know the contract is due, not everything goes smoothly,” he said. “At some point it becomes uncomfortable and that is especially true if you have to work on the car for the following year.
“I did not want to experience that. Instead, my future is very clear and stable, and I see an environment focused on winning races and championships. We want to challenge Mercedes straight away.”
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!