Horner: No Honda-related exit clause in Verstappen contract

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Horner: No Honda-related exit clause in Verstappen contract

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has denied the existence of a Honda-related exit clause in Max Verstappen's contract.

News of Honda's withdrawal from F1 at the end of 2021 immediately sparked a whirlwind of speculation regarding Verstappen's future.

Last week, reports alluded to the existence of a clause in the Dutchman's contract with Red Bull that would allow Verstappen to leave the Milton Keynes-based outfit before the end of 2023 in the event that Honda departed the team.

But Horner has denied the existence of any such agreement between Red Bull and Verstappen, insisting the 23-year-old remains totally committed to his team's future.

"There is no such clause in his contract," Horner told Red Bull's ServusTV on Monday evening.

"The contracts between the driver and the team are private, but there is definitely no engine-related clause in Max's contract.

"He is competitive. He feels very comfortable in the team and believes strongly in the Honda program. I think he also sees that Honda has brought forward the engine from 2022 to 2021. That is encouraging, of course.

"So we will take another step forward next year. He's excited about this, and he still has a long way to go until 2022."

Honda's departure is nevertheless a blow for Red Bull and leaves the energy drink company scrambling to secure a new engine supplier for 2022 by the end of the year.

A partnership with Mercedes or Ferrari appears very unlikely, mainly for competitive or political reasons, leaving Renault as the most achievable option, if the two former partners can let bygones be bygones following their acrimonious at the end of 2018.

However, commenting on Renault's recent change of management, marked by the arrival at the helm of former Seat boss Luca de Meo, Horner believes a "fresh wind" is now blowing through Renault's corridors.

"We must now start thinking about an engine partner for 2022," he said. "We need clarity by the end of the year.

"Of course, we have to consider all possibilities, all options. But in the end, Mr.[Dietrich] Mateschitz must decide how to proceed. But it is important for us to have enough power to challenge Mercedes in the coming years.

"Of course, I understand why people assume that we will talk to Renault. Since the separation, Renault has changed. The new board brings a lot of fresh wind and some changes. Things are moving forward."

  • Read also: Honda open to shifting engine development to Red Bull from 2022

Honda F1 boss Yamamoto-san recently said that the Japanese manufacturer could be open to letting Red Bull take over the development of its engine from 2021.

But Horner appeared skeptical of such a prospect, the complexities of which could prove too costly for Red Bull.

"The cost of getting a new manufacturer on board under the current regulations is simply far too high," he said. "So there will be no new manufacturer until a new engine - possibly 2026 - comes on the market. The costs for development are enormously high.

"The FIA and Liberty have to get a grip on this. They have done a good job on the chassis. Now we need homologated engines and we also need budget caps for the power units."

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Pirelli forecasting race 'with many variables' at Nürburgring

Pirelli has prepared for this week's Eifel Grand Prix by treating the Nürburgring as an all-new venue, the... The post Pirelli forecasting race 'with many variables' at Nürburgring appeared first on F1i.com.

Pirelli forecasting race 'with many variables' at Nürburgring

Pirelli has prepared for this week's Eifel Grand Prix by treating the Nürburgring as an all-new venue, the tyre supplier expecting a race "with many variables" on Sunday.

Formula 1's last visit to the Nürburgring dates back to 2013 and while Pirelli was already the sport's exclusive tyre supplier back then, the company isn't relying much on its past experience at the track, especially s F1's current generation of hybrid cars has never raced at the circuit.

"The Nürburgring is practically an all-new venue for us, so we'll be treating it as if we are coming there for the first time in Formula 1, although of course we remember it well and we have raced there many times in other championships," explained Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola.

Pirelli will bring to Germany the three compounds right in the middle of its range to deal with a wide variety of circumstances at a track that also happens to be particularly demanding on tyres.

"In order to ensure we have everything covered, we're bringing the three tyres in the middle of our range, which are also well-suited to the varied demands of this track," added Isola.

"Probably the biggest factor will be the weather, with low temperatures and rain quite likely at this time of year.

"As a result, the teams might have to deal with some quite unusual circumstances, on a track that they aren't particularly familiar with."

Current forecasts are calling for chilly temperatures and a wet few days, but sub-10 degrees centigrade ambient can potentially cause 'cold cracks' in the tyres, which means that they need to be carefully looked after while being fitted in the fitting area and then stored by the teams.

"So this is a race that is likely to favour drivers and teams who are able to get to grips with new situations quickly," warns Isola.

"I think it's fair to say that we're set for a race with many variables, where we may even see all five types of tyre that we bring to the grand prix used over the course of the weekend."

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