Inter-team sourness is such a resource in Formula One at the moment that Red Bull driver Max Verstappen is having to conjure a response to questions about Red Bull’s non-problems of the future.
The Hamilton and Rosberg saga at Mercedes has been bumpy on occasion with both drivers largely focusing on their own game and keeping contact (away from the circuit) to a minimal. This has caused a few silences in the soundscape of the podium room in which the picture is usually one of the Mercedes drivers shaking hands and little else whilst Ricciardo preps his shoe for alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) shenanigans with the podium interviewer.
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) October 23, 2016
The word of the paddock is that Red Bull have created another Newey beast for 2017, with many tipping them to genuinely challenge Mercedes in the new aero-era. The pressure of fighting for a World Championship in Formula One is always going to be immense. From the perspective of a professional racing driver, it’s the ultimate goal and the guy in the same car is always going to be close.
Surely the most exciting aspect of 2017 is its potential to shake-up the running order. The racing as a spectacle will only be improved if there are more cars in the fight for each victory and many believe it will be Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen who join the Silver Arrows at the front of the pack.
Verstappen was asked to give his verdict on the belief that relations with his Aussie teammate might become sour under the pressure of fighting for a World Championship. He said,
“That will not happen with us, I’m sure. It’s about trust. As we proved in Malaysia, we can fight just centimeters apart around each corner but never cross the line. That is not going to change.
I still have a lot of potential. Every race, every year, I will get better.”
– Max Verstappen
Preempting garage misery amidst the excitement of having two quality drivers added into the Championship mix of 2017… *Sigh*