Verstappen: Red Bull can give Mercedes a harder time in 2021

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Max Verstappen believes that Red Bull can push Mercedes harder in 2021 after finishing as runners-up to the German manufacturer last season.

Verstappen finished third in the drivers’ title, just nine points adrift of Valtteri Bottas, but Red Bull ended the year 254 points behind their rivals, who have now won seven consecutive constructors’ championships.

Next season will be the Milton Keynes outfit’s last with Honda as a power supplier, with doubts remaining over how they will proceed once the Japanese manufacturer leave the sport, but Verstappen is hopeful they can make up ground.

Looking back on 2020, he described the campaign as “simply lovely” claiming that his driving was more consistent than in previous years.

“Overall, it was simply lovely, but it can always be a bit better,” Verstappen said, as reported by GPFans.

“I think I am the most critical towards myself all the time. I think you shouldn’t look at race wins or amount of podiums because that depends on your car.

“But I think compared to the year before and the years before that, I think I did improve a bit just in terms of consistency which is good so I am happy about that.

“Of course, we want to fight for the title as a team so we will try to work on that. That is also for chassis and the engine side so hopefully, next year we will be a little more competitive so we can give Mercedes a harder time.”