Verstappen admits to 'Plan B' if Red Bull-Honda project fails

Sunday, 02 december 2018, 11:00 , by Matthew Scott

The prospect of Max Verstappen ditching Red Bull if a title charge does not materialise in the next two years has been raised after the Dutchman suggested he would have a "Plan B" if next season's switch to Honda power does not bear fruit.

A 12-year partnership with Renault has come to the end at the conclusion of the 2018 season, with Red Bull having grown tired of the French marque's failure to keep pace with Mercedes and Ferrari in the V6 Hybrid era.

Although Red Bull figures have spoken with confidence of the horsepower boost coming their way with Honda in 2019, the Japanese brand is yet to power a podium finish since returning to F1 with McLaren in 2015 and switching to Toro Rosso this year.

Although Verstappen remains certain that Red Bull will not face a similar fate to Honda, he is unlikely to emulate Fernando Alonso in waiting around too long if things do not go to plan.

"I really like this team and I'm sure we can build the fastest car ever," Verstappen is quoted as telling Gazzetta dello Sport.

"We just need the engine to reach the right level.

"Next year we must try to go strong and set the stage for 2020, when the project is fighting for the title."

Asked for his approach if a title charge did not come in 2020, he replied: "There is always a Plan B…"

Mercedes have been linked with Verstappen in the past and were widely reported to have attempted to sign him to their team in 2017, only for the Dutchman to agree terms on a lucrative Red Bull deal which runs to 2020.

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Comments (15)

  • Julian Mcdonald
    Verstappen is gonna be let down by the Honda engine watch this space peeps. Gutted tho I wish verstappen joined Ferrari with leclerc then we'd see a real battle for the wdc but that ain't gonna happen but still gonna be an exciting season next year I want Hamilton to get some real competition for once cos Vettel ain't cutting the mustard
  • Lente Bindinga
    Which part makes him "full of himself"? Because he wants the best car and thinks they could create the fastest car. Sounds like he believes his engineers, not like he's full of himself. I hope he gets a decent car to keep up with the rest, so you can see as well that he is over of the drivers out there right now.
  • Lente Bindinga
    Which part makes him "full of himself"? Because he wants the best car and thinks they could create the fastest car. Sounds like he believes his engineers, not like he's full of himself. I hope he gets a decent car to keep up with the rest, so you can see as well that he is over of the drivers out there right now.
  • Trance Po
    I thought everyone from RB saying this partnership will definitely work and fighting for championship next season???
  • Barbara Gouin
    MAX said the same as Daniel if Red Bull have Honda Engines they would leave and Daniel has done so
  • Martin Hossell
    He has to wait for Hamilton to retire first. Mercedes have Ocon and Russell in their scope anyways
  • Philippe Chevi Chevalier
    Hahaha he has no chance of going to mercedes as long as Hamilton is still there
  • James Brown
    Hahaha no mr, Ocon is gonna be in that merc seat
  • Chris Harris
    Red Bull won’t fail...Honda will.
  • Salvatore Lombardo
    Plan B je kunt terug naar Torro Rosso
  • Carlos Proaño
    Jonathan Díaz
  • David Barrera
    Red Bull you deserve him.
  • Travis Donoghoe
    Tom Swinton
  • Terry Brand
    My my he is full of himself.

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