Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2019

Verstappen: Start of next season key to 2021 decision

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In the round-up: Max Verstappen says Red Bull’s performance at the beginning of the 2020 F1 season will have a significant bearing on his next move in F1.

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Verstappen is one of several drivers on the grid who is a free agent for the 2021 F1 season:

To be honest I don’t really think about it too much. I know there are possibilities, of course after next year, I have one more year on my contract. But I think what is more important is that we just see what happens in the beginning of the season. And then from there on also we’ll see what happens.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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Don wishes Fernando Alonso’s IndyCar ambitions extended to more than just its most famous race:

Get a ride with Andretti full-time (Honda willing) for 2020 and give yourself a real chance to win the 500. Probably a low chance to win with McLaren.

More experience in the car would be good, and we’d love to see how you do on the road and street courses. If things don’t pan out for a 2021 F1 return, stick to real racing in IndyCar.

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7 comments on “Verstappen: Start of next season key to 2021 decision”

  1. Jonathan Parkin
    8th December 2019, 4:49

    Question about the FIA prize giving ceremony. Attendance for the top three in the championship is mandatory to pick up their prize, but what happens if a 2nd place driver for instance doesn’t attend

    1. @Jonathan Parkin Nothing, I guess. The prize would then probably just get sent to that driver.

  2. Regarding the Autosport-article: No biggie.

    Sainz’s columns, like Palmer’s, have been an interesting reading over the year, so I hope they keep on coming next year as well.

  3. I imagine there’ll be a fair bit of agonising by a few of the top drivers over their 2021 choice.

    Given that it’s likely the top 3 will get on top of the chassis regulations, it’ll probably be a choice of who has the best power train.

    Honda will have to make a fairly big leap forward to match Mercedes and Ferrari in that regard. If all things are as equal as they hope the new Reg’s will provide, then Max, Seb, Lewis and even Dan will all be looking purely at who is likely to have the best, most reliable PU.

  4. Verstappen will surely be wanting single year contracts after this in wait for when Hamilton retires, and he’ll likely get it IMO. Why wouldn’t he. Going to Ferrari is likely not an option.

    1. Well it’s very possible that Mercedes and Honda, and by extension both RBR and STR will leave F1 after next season. Ferrari might be the default team to beat and Verstappen might be driving a Haas or something (even they might leave the sport though)

      Ver would be a decent Grosjean replacement in terms of crashing the car and whining on the radio! ;)

    2. Why, Ferrari would hire the devil if they could – or they might have already.

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