Horner: ‘Max Verstappen tops Mercedes wish list’ | Motorsport

Seven-time world champion Hamilton recently extended his contract by just one year. It is true that Verstappen will be with Red Bull Racing until 2023, but that commitment contains escape clauses. Both Horner and Red Bulls advisor Helmut Marko have confirmed its existence in recent days. With a non-competitive car, Verstappen could leave after this year, as De Telegraaf already reported in October last year.

Horner realizes that Mercedes is charmed by Verstappen, which is not surprising given his status in Formula 1. “I’m sure Max will be at the top of their driver list if Lewis decides to retire, but they also have George Russell and other drivers available to them,” Horner said during a conversation with British media on Monday.

The Red Bull team boss says he is not worried about an early departure of Verstappen. “As always with this kind of business, it’s more about relationships than contracts. You only get the contract out of the drawer when you have a problem, at least that’s my experience. I think the relationship with Max is very strong. He believes in the project and what we do and sees the investments that Red Bull is making. He believes in the people on the team and the work within the team, so I am convinced that we do not need to refer to contractual clauses. In the end, I think it comes down to whether we deliver him a competitive car. That is what he wants, but also what we want. He needs that, we need that, so we’re in the same situation in that respect. ”

Musical chairs

Red Bull confirmed on Monday that it will take its own Honda engines after this year, until the arrival of new power sources in the sport in 2025. The musical chairs in Formula 1 will take on a new dimension next season with a view to next year because in 2022 the rules in sports will be overhauled. Cars are becoming completely different, so it is currently difficult to estimate who has the best credentials.

Horner: “There are no guarantees for 2022. It’s a completely clean slate, so if there is a major change in the order, it is likely that it will happen with the major regulatory change. ”

Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.

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