Max Verstappen He says he shared his views on Alexander Albon’s difficulties with Red Bull before team management decided to replace him.
Red Bull confirmed today Sergio Perez Next year, we plan to replace Albon with a lineup. Albon will continue to be the team’s test and reserve driver, Verstappen said he was happy.
“Of course we talked about it, and I just gave my honest opinion,” he said. “I think it was clear that there were some pretty tricky things for Alex all year long. He’s honestly a great guy and I’m happy he’s part of the team.
“But after all, it’s clearly Helmut. [Marko] And Christian [Horner] And Dietrich [Mateschitz] Make a decision. Of course, I knew it a while ago, but after all, it doesn’t matter. “
Verstappen hopes that Perez’s arrival could pose a greater threat to Mercedes. He often approached the pace-setting W11 this year, but other Red Bull Albons didn’t. This gave Mercedes greater strategic freedom.
Verstappen said last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was one of the few opportunities that Albon was close enough to Mercedes-Benz in a race that limited strategic options.
“In Abu Dhabi, I think Alex was pretty close in the end,” he said. “In most cases, Mercedes is trying to charge an additional fee. [pit] Most of the years we were so very competitive like this, I was the only car to beat them and try to do something different, so stop or something, and I’m more difficult Will be. But they can obviously cover me with one car, so they can always do the right strategy with one of them. So it was always a little difficult to fight them. “
Verstappen said he suspected that Perez’s arrival would “change something.” [in] “My performance”, he wants his new teammates to keep him on track and honest.
“Of course, I hope Checo will be one first to move the whole team forward. But getting your teammates to push you is always great. It’s exciting.
“Then I wish I could make it a little more interesting and difficult with a car that is a little more competitive from the beginning. [Mercedes] To make a decision. “
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Verstappen gave Red Bull Racing fans an “honest opinion” about the difficulties of Arbon
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