Verstappen talks up 2020 title bid as he looks to dethrone Hamilton

‘You never know, it’s 50-50’: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen talks up 2020 title bid as Dutchman looks to dethrone Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes

  • Max Verstappen wants to produce a title challenge to Lewis Hamilton in 2020
  • The Dutchman is viewed as the biggest challenge to Mercedes moving forward 
  • Hamilton just clinched his sixth title and is aiming to match Michael Schumacher

Max Verstappen admits Red Bull have a ’50-50′ chance to mount a title challenge next season, as he bids to be the man to dethrone Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. 

The Briton clinched his sixth drivers’ championship this season and looks all set to match Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles if he remains with Mercedes. 

But Verstappen, who is largely considered the biggest emerging threat to Hamilton’s supremacy on track, is quietly confident his Red Bull team can do big things in 2020.  

Max Verstappen is targeting a title challenge in 2020 as he aims to beat Lewis Hamilton

The Red Bull driver accepts it’s ’50-50′ to be strong enough but he is hopeful they can compete

‘We learned a lot throughout the whole season,’ Verstappen told Sky Sports ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi. 

‘You can clearly see throughout the end of the year now [Red Bull have been strong], of course in general we have always been like that, but I really have a lot of confidence that it’s not just now.

‘I think we can really transform that into an early start next year. That’s at least the target. You never know, so it’s 50-50. It’s yes or no.’ 

Verstappen celebrated wildly with his team after winning the Brazilian Grand Prix recently

Verstappen took an impressive win at the Brazilian Grand Prix last time out and was hailed for his hard-line strategy to keep Mercedes and Ferrari at bay. 

The Dutchman has shown a winning mentality on track and has been uncompromising at times, particularly in early season tussles with Ferrari star Charles Leclerc. 

The onus will fall on engineers to provide him with a car quick enough to compete for a title and having announced an extension with Honda to use their engines through until 2021, all eyes will return to that decision if 2020 fails to lead to a title bid.  

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