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Verstappen: Red Bull would dominate with Mercedes engines

  • Published on 11 Feb 2018 12:48
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Max Verstappen believes that Red Bull would dominate Formula 1 if it was running with Mercedes power. The Mercedes engine has proven to be the most efficient since the start of the V6 hybrid era in 2014, with the manufacturer supplying its factory team and two customer teams.

Renault, who won four consecutive world championships powering Red Bull from 2010 to 2013, has had difficulties with its power unit since the turn of engine regulations four years ago. With the future of the relationship between the two looking bleak for the future, Verstappen thinks that Red Bull would be clear of the field with Mercedes' units.

"I think that if we had a Mercedes engine in the back, they would never see us again," he told Autosport. Verstappen said that the Renault engines aren't as "stable" as Mercedes or Ferrari, which has to do with many things. 

"Ours just isn't that stable compared to what Mercedes and Ferrari have," the 20-year-old said. "But it has to do with several things. Otherwise, they would have solved it a long time ago, of course."

Renault has previously spoken out about its desire to part ways with Red Bull after the 2018 season, with Honda likely to become Red Bull's new partner. Honda will supply power units to Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso this season after the Japanese company separated from McLaren at the end of last year.

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  • JCF1

    Posts: 27

    #pre-excuse

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    • Feb 11 2018 - 13:22
  • He has a point though. We've seen that Red Bull can do well even with a Renault unit. Imagine what they could do with a Ferrari or Mercedes unit. Even as a non-works team, they'd likely dominate. But they are stuck with Renault, and can only really hope that Honda will improve, or else they'll have to stick with a supplier they dont seem to be very fond of as of present.

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    • Feb 11 2018 - 13:41
  • f1ski

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    DUH. Ferrari would have walked away too

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    • Feb 11 2018 - 17:03
  • f1dave

    Posts: 782

    If, If, If, They would also dominate IF everybody else used 200 cc moped engines, so what.

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    • Feb 11 2018 - 18:09
  • Wow another captain obvious in the ranks and this is supposed to be news?

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    • Feb 14 2018 - 04:28

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