But Horner insists his star driver’s time will come.
“Is there more to come from Max? Look, I think just as he gains experience he’s just maturing as a driver,” Horner said.
“He’s only just literally turned 23 years of age, but he’s got a significant amount of races behind him now and he’s just growing and growing.
“You can see that maturity in the car, in his racing and I think there’s exciting times ahead of him.”
However, it remains to be seen if Max will experience those “exciting times” with Red Bull, or with another team, a legitimate question given Honda’s decision to leave F1 at the end of 2021.
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The prospect of Verstappen picking up the baton from Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes at sotm point in the future is often knocked around. But when Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was recently submitted with such a hypothesis, the Austrian was predictably non-committal.
“Max is clearly committed to Red Bull and is loyal to the team,” Wolff told Motorsport-Magazin.com.
“I am very happy with my two drivers. If there is a generational change in the future, then George Russell and Esteban Ocon are in the starting blocks.”
But would Mercedes really shy away from an opportunity to hand a seat to a driver many consider the best of his generation? We doubt it…
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