Team advisor Helmut Marko revealed the reason for Max Verstappen not leaving Red Bull, saying they offer him everything he needs.
Verstappen is Red Bull’s brightest star since Sebastian Vettel. The Milton-Keynes outfit invested heavily in him and nurtured him for the grand stage of F1. They provided him with all the tools necessary for the task.
However, the Dutchman very nearly signed for Mercedes at one point. He was all set to join the Brackley outfit until Red Bull came in for his signature.
Marko revealed the reason for Verstappen not leaving Red Bull, saying unlike Mercedes, they were offering him the best scope for development.
“Of course, we knew that Max was talking to Mercedes as well, but with Mercedes, he wouldn’t have come to Formula 1 so quickly,” he told ‘Formula Max’ according to Motorsport.
“They don’t take those risks with a newcomer. But my plan to sign him and put him into Formula 1 straight away wasn’t to outdo Mercedes. It was simply because I saw that he was ready for Formula 1 and that turned out to be the case.
“I would say in general: Red Bull is different compared to Mercedes. We have much more of a ‘no risk, no fun’ mentality.”
Repaid the faith
Verstappen duly rewarded those who put their money on him in 2021. He won the world championship last season, ending Red Bull’s seven-year wait for a world title.
The outfit was beyond ecstatic as he showed maturity way beyond his years to take the fight to a rampant Lewis Hamilton. He beat the seven-time world champion on the last day of the season in a thrilling finish to capture his maiden world championship.