Before the Eifel Grand Prix this weekend, of course, Max Verstappen could not avoid questions about the departure of the Red Bull motor carrier Honda at the end of 2021 and its possible consequences.
The Dutch pilot at the Nürburgring revealed that he had been feeling something being made for months.
“Yes, of course, after I signed my own extension myself. Let’s say the Hondos never committed themselves to a longer period of time, so even though you could expect something like that, you couldn’t be sure. And the same goes for racing contracts: you sign, but who knows what’s going to happen in five years, isn’t it? ” The Race quoted the nine-time race winner.
“Honestly, as I said, you could feel it was going to be. Of course, the situation of the whole world was definitely in it. It’s not easy. “
Red Bull now has to consider whether to stay in F1 after 2021 and, if so, what kind of engine will be used, whether they will take over Honda’s program or return to Renault…
“I’m just focusing on my own thing, which is to drive as fast as I can – hopefully with an engine behind my back! I trust that I will not act like Frédi Kovakövi so that I have to drive the car on foot! I think it can be quite stressful, ”Verstappen joked.
Asked if he would accept a re-cooperation with Renault, he replied:
“It’s not me who decides the engines. I’m open to anything, just don’t have to drive the car on foot, that’s the point. ”
Daniel Ricciardo, who has been with Renault for the past two seasons, leaving Red Bull just before the honde transition, at the end of 2018, was also asked about the topic. The Australian has not been hurt, and he believes the Red Bull-Renault partnership could be re-formed.
“It simply came to our notice then. Based on the past and my own experience, I don’t think they have anything to worry about (at Red Bull) – if they build a good car, there will be support anyway. ”
“As for Honda’s departure, I don’t have any particular feelings, I’m not bouncing with joy that ha, I was right, nothing like that. It can always happen, F1 is constantly changing. ”
Ricciardo added that he wants Red Bull to find a solution as soon as possible.