To defend the points lead and attack, Max seems to be running a few horses short against the fresher engines on lewis's car.
With a newer engine a high chance of pole or second in qualifying, so he starts 7 th. But if Redbull play the same with Gasly and Peraz, get them into the top 5, then Max starts 5th.
With a Ferrari or McLaren between him and the Mercedes, and a fresh engine, it shouldn't be too difficult to get to the back of Lewis soon.
The circuit is going to be slippery, and easy overtaking in the second half of the lap, passing for Max is not going to be too much of an issue.
The engine will also be great for the last race at Abu Dhabi, without having to run conservative at any point in the last 2 races.
Edited by RA2, 24 November 2021 - 17:48.