Hulkenberg thinks Mercedes still in title contention

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 19: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing and second placed qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP interact in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 19, 2021 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Nicolas Tucat – Pool/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Former F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg believes that it would be unwise to count Mercedes out of the title contention, and they still have something up their sleeves to bridge the gap between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

Despite Red Bull dominating in the recent Grands Prix, and Valtteri Bottas not having won a single race, Hulkenberg still feels Mercedes cannot be written off till Mercedes’ upgrades can be put to the test. He has also praised his friend Verstappen for competition with Hamilton for the title after many seasons.

“Max will fight for many Formula 1 world titles during his career,” he told RTL. “At the moment he is surfing a nice wave of success, he is super confident and confident in his car too.”

Hulkenberg has also explained one possible reason for Red Bull leading Mercedes, that being the winter break. He speculates that Red Bull has adapted quicker to the rule changes than Mercedes has.

“It’s not over yet. I definitely wouldn’t write Mercedes off yet. They still have something up their sleeve, especially in terms of the updates and improvements to their car,” Hulkenberg explained. “Red Bull has lost less time during the winter due to the rule changes than Mercedes. That’s why they’re ahead of them now.”

“Red Bull currently has the fastest car. The roles have been reversed compared to previous years.”

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