The 2021 season has barely started when paddock rumors are starting to circulate about the future of Max Verstappen, fueled by Zak Brown, but aren’t we in the middle of a psychological war?
The team bosses’ press conference in Bahrain was not lacking in salt, pitting Toto Wolff for Mercedes, Zak Brown CEO of McLaren and Christian Horner, team principal of Red Bull Racing.
While discussing how the top-team transfer market will evolve in 2022, Horner reacted to Brown’s speculation that he would see a Max Verstappen / George Russell duo at Mercedes next season.
“It is far too early to speculate on what will happen in a year when the championship has not yet started” the Briton estimated.
“I don’t want to get involved in the conversation between these two gentlemen to find out who will drive at Mercedes next year, was quick to ironize Wolff. Brown is like Horner, they spread nonsense… ”
A Mercedes spokesperson, quoted by our colleague from RACER Chris Medland, then qualified this statement by specifying that the two men “bickered” instead of preaching the false to know the true.
McLaren being now powered by Mercedes, we better understand this desire for appeasement, but suddenly Wolff did not deny the possibility of seeing Verstappen join his team in 2022: everything will obviously depend on the performance of each other in the campaign. underway, which further adds intensity to the title fight.
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