After the double Italian abandonment, the 33 is critical of Red Bull and Honda

Dr. Marko explains the changes Honda is making to improve

Max Verstappen has definitively ruled out being able to fight Mercedes in the Drivers’ Championship in 2020 and even 2021. Pending the 2022 regulatory change, Red Bull has, on the other hand, justified Honda’s recent problems due to a restructuring of its Formula squad one.

The young Dutchman was second in the 2020 World Cup table before reaching Italian soil but a power unit failure in Monza and a collision – after another engine failure – in Mugello, have left him with a double zero that seems clearly ‘irremovable’ to the perennial Mercedes. At least that’s how Verstappen sees it.

“I hope that next year we will be closer to Mercedes. I don’t think we will be able to win. Due to covid-19 we cannot make any changes to next year’s car, so I hope we have more options with it. regulatory change of 2022 “, has analyzed Verstappen in words for the Dutch TV Ziggo Sport.

“But if we are so far away, it will not happen either. We want to win every weekend, but this World Cup is over,” he added.

On the other hand, the Red Bull advisor, Helmut Marko, has justified the recent problems that Honda has suffered in terms of performance and reliability with a change of personnel by the Japanese rider in its competition structure.

“Honda has made progress, but Mercedes is still superior in terms of batteries. We need to improve and for this Honda has changed some engineers, so maybe that is why they are starting to have unexpected difficulties,” said Marko for Sport1.

Finally, Marko has acknowledged that Honda will decide now in October if their commitment in F1 goes beyond the current contract that commits them until 2021, year for which they also have Max Verstappen armored without a performance exit clause.

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