Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton recently confirmed that he has extended his contract by another two years. He is currently embroiled in a heated battle with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for the 2021 championship. Max has now reflected on Red Bull’s current competitiveness while also responding to his championship rival deciding to stay in F1 for at least another two years
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Max began by stating how he isn’t completely satisfied
“I cannot be entirely happy as I always want to be perfect and I always want to analyse what went well and what went wrong. Maybe that is how I grew up but I also believe that is how you keep improving”
He is, however, very happy with the car he has now
“I’m very pleased with the whole package, the car and engine together have been working so well over the last few races, so we have good confidence”
He also expressed his joy of seeing fans back at the Red Bull ring
“It was also amazing to see the orange army back in the grandstands. It has been a long time and they are so happy to be here cheering us on which I love to see”
He signed off by reacting to the news about Lewis Hamilton renewing his contract
“For me it doesn't matter one bit. I think I'll go on for two more years myself and then I'll quit, right?”
Williams’ George Russell has implied that getting into “Q3 in any circumstances is massive for [them. He’s] not been this pumped up since [his] last win”
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has revealed that they “signed [the new contract with Lewis on Friday] night and [they] thought to [themselves], 'Why not announce it right away’”
“Formula 1 is an environment where it is difficult to keep things secret and [they] wanted to remain proactive by bringing it out”, Wolff reasoned
He also confirmed that they “asked Valtteri [Bottas] if he was okay with [them] bringing it out right away and he said he didn't care at all”
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has stated that Hamilton’s contract renewal “was expected. [They] did think that because of tactical reasons [Mercedes] would only announce it at Silverstone”
Marko added that “it's nice that [they] can drive against such a strong opponent. A two-year contract also shows some stability”
Honda F1’s technical director Toyoharu Tanabe confirmed that “yes, Red Bull and Honda have been working on how to proceed in that transition for next year”
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner added to that by saying that they are “just finalising the detail of that”
“Obviously as [they] gear [themselves] up within Red Bull Powertrains, ’22 will be a transitionary year”
“So [they’re] working with Honda to have a soft landing where the engines will be continued to be assembled in Sakura in 2022, before that process is being taken on in [Red Bull’s] new facility in time for 2023” Horner added
Retired F1 driver Johnny Herbert feels that “there's a bit of work that needs to be done so that this 8th championship can come [Lewis Hamilton’s] way”
“It's going to be a tough one. If he does achieve it, it will be his best championship win because of the fight with Max”, Herbert suggested
Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola gets “that people think [why there were no independent investigations into the Baku tyre failures]”
“But the reality is that [Pirelli] have all the tools, machines and the experience. And it's not like [they] sent in one A4 sheet with a nice little story and a conclusion”
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