Max Verstappen should be in the race to defend his World title this season, unless Red Bull get the new rules horribly wrong, says former F1 driver Perry McCarthy.

But even if they get it “a little bit” wrong, the Briton reckons Verstappen has the talent to make the difference.

After a thrilling battle for last year’s Drivers’ title, won by Verstappen on the final lap of the championship, Red Bull and Mercedes are once again expected to go head-to-head for this year’s titles.

That’s if neither have dropped the ball with the new regulations.

This season Formula 1 is introducing brand new cars, the sport adopting a different design philosophy – ground effect aerodynamics – in the hope that it will lead to better racing.

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