George Russell ideal driver next to Max Verstappen



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Red Bull’s Walhalla is going up in smoke now that engine supplier Honda is leaving Formula 1 after 2021. Does Max Verstappen’s team have any options other than a reconciliation with Renault? Albers is clear: “If Dietrich Mateschitz (co-founder Red Bull, ed.) Has something in mind and is angry about it, anything is possible.” The former F1 driver, for example, is thinking of developing an engine with the help of Honda or attracting motor boss Andy Cowell, who left Mercedes this year.

According to Van Haren, Red Bull must now come up with a very good plan to offer Verstappen perspective, otherwise the chance is even greater that he will leave after 2021. Albers has difficulty with that statement. “In the Netherlands there is the idea that everyone should take Max Verstappen into account, but that’s not how it works in Formula 1.” Van Haren then wonders where Red Bull would be without Verstappen. Albers prefers to turn it around: “What is Max without Red Bull? There are only two top teams, he has nowhere else to go. ”

For that reason, according to Albers, it is more interesting to speculate who will be the second driver at Red Bull. The performance of Albon is so far away from Max Verstappen that this does not benefit the car. Albers sees in George Russell the ideal second man. In the podcast he explains why.

Finally: what are the expectations for the Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in the German Eifel? According to the former F1 driver, it is a cool circuit with a lot of difference in level where the set-up of the car can make the difference. And the changeable weather can provide extra spectacle.

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