When it became known about Honda’s decision to leave Formula 1 after 2021, discussions immediately began about the possible consequences of this step, including the future fate of Max Verstappen.
It is believed that there is a clause in his contract with Red Bull that allows the Dutch rider to part with the team ahead of schedule if it does not provide him with a “competitive” engine. However, these are only guesses.
But it is absolutely certain that the fans would be very interested to see how the confrontation between Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton could develop if they were driving the same Mercedes cars.
However, according to Christian Albers, a former Formula 1 driver and compatriot Max, this will not happen in the coming years.
“While Hamilton continues to play for Mercedes, I do not see an opportunity for Verstappen to go there,” quoted Albers De Telegraaf, the largest newspaper in the Netherlands. “Not because Max doesn’t want it, but because he doesn’t care. He knows that he is a very fast driver, but Lewis Hamilton will never allow that.
In my opinion, now it is best for Max to stay in Red Bull. This is one of the top teams, stronger than only Mercedes. “
The transition to Ferrari or McLaren is hardly possible, if only because there are no vacancies in these teams in the coming years, and besides, they currently do not reach the level of Mercedes, but also to Red Bull.
Given that Mercedes and Ferrari are supplying their power plants to several teams, and Renault engines next year will remain only on the cars of the French concern’s factory team, it is logical to assume that Red Bull will have to return to the motors built in Viry-Chatillon.
Helmut Marko, Red Bull Motorsport Advisor, did not confirm this, but did not deny it either, just saying: “First you need to analyze everything, look at the results, and then you will see.”