Formula 1
Formula 1
R
Emilia Romagna GP
18 Apr
Race in
46 days
09 May
Next event in
63 days
23 May
Race in
81 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
06 Jun
Race in
95 days
13 Jun
Race in
102 days
27 Jun
Race in
116 days
04 Jul
Next event in
119 days
18 Jul
Race in
137 days
R
Hungarian GP
01 Aug
Race in
151 days
29 Aug
Race in
179 days
05 Sep
Race in
186 days
12 Sep
Race in
193 days
26 Sep
Race in
207 days
R
Singapore GP
03 Oct
Next event in
210 days
10 Oct
Race in
220 days
R
United States GP
24 Oct
Race in
235 days
31 Oct
Race in
242 days
R
Australian GP
21 Nov
Race in
262 days
R
Saudi Arabia GP
05 Dec
Race in
277 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
12 Dec
Race in
284 days

Verstappen: Red Bull must improve if I'm to stay long term

Max Verstappen says Red Bull will need to lift its game in Formula 1 over the next 18 months if he is not going to be tempted to join rival teams when his current contract ends.

Verstappen: Red Bull must improve if I'm to stay long term
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
Max Verstappen, F1, Red Bull Racing
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
Gerhard Berger, ITR Chairman and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Max Verstappen, F1, Red Bull Racing
 Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB1

The Dutchman has endured an often frustrating campaign with Red Bull this year, with good results having slipped through his grasp through incident and reliability problems.

But despite Verstappen's season having fallen short of his high expectations, team boss Christian Horner said recently that the youngster would not be lured away by the prospect of more competitive machinery at Ferrari and Mercedes.

Red Bull has Verstappen under contract until the end of 2019, although it is not clear if there are performance-related options that would allow him to leave earlier.

Speaking at last weekend's Zandvoort DTM race, Verstappen has said that his commitment to Red Bull long term depends entirely on how competitive its car is, as he made it clear its current form was not what he expected from the team.

"I've always said that there's no reason to leave when I have a competitive car," said Verstappen.

"At the moment we are not there where I want to be, but that doesn't mean you have to give up straight away. You have to work hard.

"But after two, three years without improving, that would be a different story. We are working hard to improve but after next year we will see what happens in the future."

Three tenths deficit

Verstappen is aware that Red Bull's form this year has not been helped by Renault still having a small power deficit to Ferrari and Mercedes, which is why he thinks it hard to predict how his team will go at high-speed venues like Spa and Monza.

"Every race weekend is a bit different and that surprises me to be honest," he said. "On tracks with not too many straights, we are reasonably close, around three tenths more or less.

"When there's a few straights then we are a bit further away, so I don't know what to expect for the upcoming races. It will be quite tough to compete against them.

"Between Ferrari and Mercedes: it changes every weekend. I expect Mercedes to be very strong at Spa, because in general their power unit is still the best in the field. But it's very close."

Not much more from Renault

Verstappen says that key to Red Bull moving forward over the remainder of this year will be down to chassis improvements – with Renault not planning any major update.

"For sure we keep developing, but every team does," he said. "So we have to make sure we do it a bit faster and of course better.

"On the engine side there's not much coming compared to the other teams, so we have to make sure our car is going in the right direction."

Additional reporting by Marcus Simmons

 

shares
comments
The 2018 upgrade plan for a 20-year-old F1 car

Previous article

The 2018 upgrade plan for a 20-year-old F1 car

Next article

F1's greatest cars: Jordan 191

F1's greatest cars: Jordan 191
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Max Verstappen
Teams Red Bull Racing
Author Jonathan Noble
The tricky driver conundrums facing Mercedes in F1 2021 Prime

The tricky driver conundrums facing Mercedes in F1 2021

Ahead of the new Formula 1 season, reigning world champions Mercedes will take on challenges both old and new. This also can be said for its driver conundrum which could become key to sustaining its ongoing success...

How Alpine's cure to 2021 F1 rules starts at the front Prime

How Alpine's cure to 2021 F1 rules starts at the front

A new name, new faces and new colours pulls the rebranded Alpine Formula 1 team into a new era while carrying over core elements of its 2020 car. But under the surface there's more than meets the eye with the A521 which hints at how the team will tackle 2021...

Can Mercedes' W12 retain the team's crown? Prime

Can Mercedes' W12 retain the team's crown?

Replacing Formula 1's fastest car was never going to be an easy feat for Mercedes. Amid the technical rule tweaks to peg back the W12 and its 2021 rivals, the new Mercedes challenger will remain the target to beat

The pointed note that starts Ferrari's Leclerc vs Sainz era Prime

The pointed note that starts Ferrari's Leclerc vs Sainz era

Ferrari is starting its post-Sebastian Vettel age by welcoming Carlos Sainz in alongside Charles Leclerc. But while Sainz has a tough challenge to match his new teammate, Ferrari is also sending a message that previous intra-team spats must end

Formula 1
Mar 2, 2021
The mantra Ocon must follow to challenge Alonso at Alpine Prime

The mantra Ocon must follow to challenge Alonso at Alpine

OPINION: It's been an uneasy ride for Esteban Ocon since his F1 comeback - and fresh challenges lie in wait as he's joined by double world champion Fernando Alonso in the newly rebranded Alpine team. STUART CODLING sets out a roadmap to success…

Formula 1
Mar 1, 2021
Why Haas is willing to sacrifice its 2021 F1 season Prime

Why Haas is willing to sacrifice its 2021 F1 season

Every Formula 1 team is facing the same difficult decision this season: how do you split precious aero development time between the current car and the all-new 2022 project?

Formula 1
Mar 1, 2021
The big questions of F1 2021 - Karun Chandhok Prime

The big questions of F1 2021 - Karun Chandhok

After an unprecedented season last year, there are plenty of questions and storylines for the upcoming Formula 1 campaign. Sky Sports F1 pundit Karun Chandhok gives his verdict.

Formula 1
Mar 1, 2021
How McLaren F1’s new investors have already made an impact Prime

How McLaren F1’s new investors have already made an impact

The deal McLaren concluded with MSP Sports Capital last year which will help the cash-strapped Formula 1 team pay for much-needed infrastructure upgrades, also points toward the future for F1 itself, says GP Racing's Stuart Codling.

Formula 1
Feb 27, 2021