Zak Brown has reined again on his prediction that Max Verstappen will associate George Russell at Mercedes subsequent season.
Talking to the Every day Mail, final week, Brown claimed the deal is pretty much as good as carried out and that 2022 will see Verstappen and Russell line up on the grid for the German workforce.
“I believe you will note Max and George there in 2022,” stated the American. “I believe that’s the apparent conclusion… Lewis wins title eight this yr and is the winningest driver… they’ve a one-year cope with him. George is popping out of his deal and Max has a deal he comes out of.
“You’ve got Max’s expertise and youth, you will have George’s youth,” he added, “if I’m Mercedes that may be a fairly killer line-up for the subsequent 5 years.
“The fascinating factor is what do Crimson Bull do? That is a more durable one to reply. It is powerful for them. Everyone seems to be locked down.”
Requested about his declare in Bahrain, the McLaren boss appeared to rein again on his prediction.
“I do not essentially suppose it,” he stated. “Somebody simply requested me ‘what do you suppose the driving force market will appear to be subsequent yr’.
“I consider George is out of contract and clearly has a Mercedes relationship and did an ideal job right here in Bahrain. Max, I’ve by no means seen his contract however perceive that there is most likely a chance for him to drive elsewhere and Mercedes and Toto are capable of entice an superior driver line-up.
“So, if these two guys are floating round, relying on what Toto decides together with his present driver line-up, you might see that taking place. I used to be requested the query – it wasn’t a prediction, it was an opinion.”
“It is hypothesis,” laughed Christian Horner. “Possibly they’re as prone to run Daniel and Lando!
“We’re on the first race,” he added, “we’re clearly conscious about what the contracts with our drivers are. It’s kind of early for hypothesis.”
Onlooker, Toto Wolff, calmly admitted: “I need to preserve out of the dialogue that these two have about who’s going to drive the Mercedes.”