Mercedes made Red Bull splash the cash and make Max Verstappen third highest paid F1 star.
Red Bull chief Helmut Marko says he did not want to play poker with Max Verstappen’s future. The Dutchman penned a lucrative £12million-a-year contract extension yesterday.
Only Hamilton and Vettel will earn more than Verstappen in 2021 but Marko did not want to take any risks.
The car always comes first, as there's been many up and coming drivers over the last dozen years that have been (unfairly) christened to be future F1 champions, yet it didn't materialize because there were only 2 cars that could deliver a champion over the last 10 years. Just 5 years ago this guy was the next star of F1:
He's got immense talent, yet without the car he'll never be a champion. Along with Danny, there are F1 press articles of "here's a future WDC" for Hulkenberg, Bottas, Bianchi (RIP), Grosjean (yep - even him), Kvyat, Magnussen, Verstappen and LeClerc. All they need is a seat at the top. And right now there's only 6 of those.
Last edited by tbvvw; 01-08-2020 at 12:50 PM.
On a recent Motorpsorts.com podcast with Andy Cowell (head of Mercedec-AMG High Performance Powertrains, aka "Brixworth"), he kept saying how the sound of the new engines enable kids to go to races, etc. I can understand the argument that those who have to work with the engines day in and day out are likely glad to have quieter engines, but I thought he was a bit disingenuous with the way he came across being glad the old engine noise is now gone.
I've grown to accept the new powertrains, but if they were to bring back the high revving NA noise, I'd be as excited as ever for F1, as it was such a great part of watching it, either at the race or on TV.
Walking up the track at Indy during a practice was spine tingling... FROM OUTSIDE THE VENUE!
Similar for the V8's. I barely felt like I needed earplugs at the Montreal race. The support races were louder.
1986 3.2 Carrera Mini-build thread:
1973 Pro-Touring Camaro build thread:
I'm fine with the performance of the new "powerunits" but see the writing on the wall...cough, cough....Formula E.
With Latifi I'm sure they will have some cash. Hopefully it's enough for them to at least play with the mid-pack on occasion. I'd like to see what Russel is all about.
I will be predicting the same this season.
Until you understand why we need reg and team budget cap changes, because you really don't, and those changes take effect, he and M-B will be my winner prediction until he retires.
Last edited by tbvvw; 01-08-2020 at 03:52 PM.
And so is every single London oddsmaker, his WDC futures are tracking better than in any prior M-B season.
I always thought Vettel going back to Red Bull was a long shot, well it just got longer. If he tanks again in 2020 it's hard to see hin back at Ferrari and Mercedes has an ace. If Hamilton stays put, where does Vettel go?
Ricciardo is the only wold card left, he always wanted to wear red, this may be his shot at it. He just has to beat Ocon, which should be easy.