Driver Max Verstappen says he is worried not only about Red Bull’s performance in Formula 1 this year — he’s uncertain about 2018, too.
Verstappen is under contract for next year, but after retiring in Montreal, he insisted 2017 has been “completely crap” so far. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner excused the 19-year-old, though.
“He knows how hard the team is pushing to make the car better. He’ll see the big picture,” Horner said. “We were racing against a Mercedes (in Canada), and we beat Ferrari. Max hasn’t had the result, but it’s still a long season. His time will come.”
Verstappen adds that his concerns are not just about 2017.
“We wanted to go for the world title this year, but we are far from it,” Verstappen told the Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport Totaal.
Renault says the power unit provided to Red Bull will not be significantly updated for the rest of the year, and Verstappen admitted: “I’m worried also for the direction for next year. I want to win, and I absolutely think this team can. You can see we have improved the car a lot, but the power is yet to come.
“And right now, as you may have read, there will be nothing more (in 2017). Updates were promised, but there have been few.”