Max Verstappen’s father Jos Verstappen is starting to put pressure on the Red Bull Racing team, now that Honda has announced its withdrawal from F1 at the end of the 2021 season.
Whereas Red Bull Racing had bet heavily on its partnership with engine manufacturer Honda and was clearly aiming for the world championship title by the end of 2021, the announcement of the withdrawal of the Japanese manufacturer at the end of next year leaves a bitter taste in the mouth of Jos Verstappen.
The father of the Red Bull driver is now asking the Milton Keynes team for a competitive car for his son and regrets that 2020 was another year in which the Dutchman was not able to fight for the title.
“I have to say that I was very disappointed about that, especially at the beginning of the year. “Jos Verstappen told De Telegraaf.
“Then you find out what the real situation is like and there is nothing else to do but accept. But that’s not what you want, you want to take part in the world championship.
“Red Bull needs to better organise its team, find out where the problems are and work on them.
“We are waiting to see what happens. It’s time for Red Bull to have a competitive car that you can become champion with.
“If Max has a competitive car next year, they won’t have to worry about anything. This is our goal: to become world champion. ”
In recent days, rumours had been circulating that Max Verstappen’s team might be leaving due to an engine-related clause in his contract. But the team management quickly denied this rumour.
Verstappen himself said this week that it was a “pity” that Honda would leave F1 at the end of the 2021 season, but that he would remain fully committed to his team for next season.
Max Verstappen’s contract has been extended until 2023 by the Red Bull Racing team, but as is well known, a contract can be torn up in a fraction of a second in Formula One and means nothing, just a big pay off.