Red Bull’s number one driver Max Verstappen wants a new teammate next to him. According to F1-insider.com, the Dutchman encourages the team to take a driver from outside their own junior program. The mind is Nico Hulkenberg.
Verstappen, who rose to Red Bull in 2016, has driven in the stable Daniel Ricciardon, Pierre Gaslyn and most recently Alexander Albonin with. Since Ricciardo left the team after the 2018 season, Red Bull has relied entirely on Verstappen.
Albon, who replaced Gasly in the middle of the season last season, has been ringing this season. The Thai position in the stable is at stake as an energy drink company’s motorsport boss Helmut Markokin is disappointed with Albon ‘s grips.
Verstappen is currently third in the World Series, Albon eighth. Verstappen has won one race and been on the podium nine times, Albon has once been third.
Perez sponsors problem
Red Bull has relied for years on its own junior program in its driver mortgages. Now, however, the stable has had to turn its gaze to outside drivers.
In addition to Hülkenberg, there is also a Racing Point lodge Sergio Perez.
Perez brings with him a plush sponsorship package from Mexican companies, but this could turn against him in a Red Bull deal.
F1-Insider resembles a Red Bull boss Dieter Mateschitzin avoid payment orders as a decision in principle. Although Perez is an excellent driver, Mateschitz does not want his supporters to dictate anything about the operation of the stable.
This will improve Hülkenberg’s chances. There is also no harm in the German being a friend of Verstappen. She also speaks Dutch, which helps in communication.
– Nico is a nice guy. His performance at the Nürburgring (with an early warning to race) was brilliant. He would be a good teammate of mine, but I don’t make decisions, Verstappen commented on German RTL earlier.
According to Marko, the language issue is irrelevant in the driver’s decision, the working language of the stable is English in any case.
However, Verstappen’s opinion is taken into account when making a driver decision, Marko reveals.