“In the end, it doesn’t matter”- Max Verstappen on Alex Albon’s uncertain future with Red Bull even though Thai born driver won a podium.
Max Verstappen has clearly signalled that it doesn’t affect him irrespective of who is going to be his teammate on the grid, even if his current teammate gets fired.
“Helmut Marko and Christian Horner have been saying for a long time that they don’t want to change anything. That’s ok from my side,” he told the Austrian broadcaster ORF.
“In the end, it doesn’t matter who sits next to me. I would beat all of them.” Some believe the best solution for Red Bull, having lost Daniel Ricciardo to Renault, would be hiring another more experienced driver like Sergio Perez.
But Verstappen says he doesn’t need that personally. “Maybe I needed that in the first year,” said the Dutchman. “But now I understand quite well what I have to do. In the end, it doesn’t matter who is sitting next to me.”
Mugello podium positive for Albon
Team Principal Christian Horner has recognized the achievement of Albon and said it should give him a good boost of confidence, with multiple questions being raised against his ability before Tuscan Grand Prix.
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“I really hope this opens the doors for him confidence-wise, and that he walks tall as he deserves his seat and his place in F1,” he said of Albon.
Verstaappen’s frustration is understandable
With Mercedes domination every other race, and Verstappen not finishing the race for the third time in the season. His hopes for winning the Championship this year is technically over.
And Horner has confessed that Verstappen’s frustration midst all of this is understandable as a driver like him is a rare breed and wants to perform exceptionally everytime.
“If Max did not have that hunger, he would not be the driver he is and the one that we all want to watch the fight for victories each weekend,” he said.
“He has to get it out of his system now and then look forward. We will go through it with him prior to Sochi and discuss what has been done behind the scenes between Honda and the team to help so it is rectified for the next race.”