Honda’s determination to depart Pink Bull on the finish of 2021 was not an enormous shock, in keeping with the group’s prime driver Max Verstappen.
Pink Bull must discover a new engine provider from 2022 onwards after the Japanese producer confirmed it might not renew its contract on the finish of subsequent yr.
“You can really feel it coming,” Verstappen mentioned. “After all, you do not present it however in fact I additionally knew it somewhat bit sooner than the announcement. It is a disgrace however comprehensible from their facet.
Verstappen has a contract with Pink Bull till the tip of 2023, however the Honda information has led to hypothesis that he might have a look at choices exterior the group earlier than then. The 22-year-old mentioned there was no certainty round Honda’s place when he signed his contract, however that the corporate’s exit had been a chance even then.
“[The news] positively got here after I signed the deal however they by no means dedicated loads longer,” he added. “So you might anticipate one thing like this, you are by no means positive. That is the identical for groups as effectively. You signal a cope with them, however who is aware of what is occurring in 5 years’ time.
“It’s what it’s, to be trustworthy. Like I mentioned, you might really feel it coming, I assume the entire scenario in the entire extensive world is certainly not serving to. Particularly from the start of this yr onward, as soon as we lastly obtained began, it is simply not straightforward.”
Requested immediately if Honda’s determination would possibly lead to him leaving Pink Bull, Verstappen mentioned: “I simply concentrate on this season and subsequent season, I feel that is an important factor. What occurs after that, it is so far that it does not make sense to consider that but.”
He added: “We’re nonetheless driving with them for one and a half years. Additionally, after that we obtained the brand new regulation of the vehicles coming in. So there are such a lot of unknowns, for the time being it does not make sense to consider that anyway.
“I am simply centered on what I’ve to do, and that’s making an attempt to drive the automotive as quick as I can with an engine within the again. I hope I am not going to finish up like Fred Flintstone and pedal it myself. It is fairly bodily demanding. We’ll see once more after subsequent yr.”