“Max would of course be the driver at the top of the list,” said the previous boss of the Dutchman on Monday. Hamilton had only extended his contract with the series world champion for the coming season. This fueled speculation that the Englishman could resign after an eighth world title.
Verstappen is under contract with Red Bull until 2023. According to Horner, the 23-year-old should be convinced of the takeover of engine development from partner Honda, which was presented on Monday. “In the end it will be up to us to deliver a competitive car. That’s what he wants, and that’s what we want. ” In the event of a Hamilton exit, Mercedes would also have access to other drivers – such as Williams youngster George Russell, who had already convinced as a substitute in Bahrain in November.
Alonso leaves the hospital after a bicycle accident