Having tied down Max Verstappen to the RedBull outfit till 2020, Christian Horner, The Principal of RedBull Racing has expressed his desire to do the same with Daniel Ricciardo and has claimed the other party expects the same deal out of it.
In an interview, Horner said, ” I think it’s great news for our team as it takes away any ambiguity over Max’s[Verstappen] future as he’s committed to the team till 2020. He is, without doubt, one of the hottest properties in F1 at the moment.”
While commenting on his teammate’s stance, Horner said, ” Well we’ve spoken to Daniel[Ricciardo] and Daniel wants the team to do the same with him.”
“Our objective is to retain both the drivers hopefully till 2020.”
It is well-known fact that Mercedes, powered by their beastly power unit and Ferrari powered by their own, Scuderia have the cars capable of producing a straight line speed greater than any other in the tier. Although it is common knowledge that RedBull consistently has the best chassis in the sport right now, the Renault Power Unit lacks too much when it comes to racing on a straight line.
Despite this, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo have both outperformed their rivals and find themselves on the podium consistently. The ability of the Milton Keynes based outfit to sign The Dutch national, as well as the Aussie only goes on to show the desire and ambition Horner and his team display to become the best constructor’s team in F1.
It is known fact that RedBull aren’t happy becoming a Customer team with Renault backing their own Works Team. The outfit is exploring multiple avenues with their sister team Torro Rosso testing out the infamous Honda engines next year while RedBull could also be looking over to Porche, their new partners to provide, if necessary.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel might be the quickest drivers in Formula 1 right now, but the same cannot be said about their respective teammates Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen, but with the 20-year-old Max Verstappen gaining speed and experience every other race and Danny already showcasing his talent consistently as one of the quickest drivers in F1 right now, we may be looking at a highly contentious and competitive team in RedBull Racing which, even Mercedes and Ferrari maybe envious about.