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Brundle predicts Mercedes and Ferrari targets Verstappen



Brundle predicts Mercedes and Ferrari targets Verstappen

Brundle predicts Mercedes and Ferrari targets Verstappen

Max Verstappen is quite clearly world championship stuff, and also he will be at the main targets of top three F1 squads Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, Predicted by the Sky Sports F1 specialist Martin Brundle

“He is quite clearly world championship material and he is just 18-years-old, they will be fighting like crazy to get hold of him. He is the hottest property in F1 that is not an established race or world championship winner,” said Brundle.

“There is a bidding war for him for the future. Quite clearly he is going to be one of the stars for a long to come.”

The young ace was originally expected to join Mercedes as a junior driver in the summer of 2014, before Red Bull offered him a race seat with Toro Rosso – clearly a more tempting proposal than a reserve driver role.

“We are going to see him up against the likes of [Valtteri] Bottas and hopefully more drivers of the calibre of Max Verstappen. Ferrari and Mercedes will be in there desperately trying to get his contract; Red Bull will be trying to keep it.”

Italian media extremely recommended to Ferrari

His father Jos already hints that, Max eyeing change of team for 2017 Formula 1.

It leaves open the possibility that Dutchman Verstappen could be promoted from Toro Rosso, but his father Jos told Brazil’s Globo: “I think Max will stay here for another year to gain experience and then think about changing teams to get a better car for 2017.”

Pino Allievi, the highly experienced F1 correspondent for La Gazzetta dello Sport, claims there is actually a chance Verstappen is being lined up by Ferrari to replace Kimi Raikkonen.

And former double world champion Mika Hakkinen, a recent critic of countryman Raikkonen’s performances at Ferrari, told Ilta Sanomat newspaper: “It should be remembered that Ferrari is a team that can make very fast and unexpected decisions.”

The foundation of Verstappen’s move to Ferrari could be laid next year, when Toro Rosso is expected to use the Italian marque’s 2015-spec power unit.

Sky predicts Mercedes will be in pole for Verstappen’s

Former British racing driver and regular contributor of Sky Sports F1, Johnny Herbert feels that, Mercedes will be in pole position for Verstappen’s signature if he becomes available.

“He’s got a situation right now probably more with Mercedes. They allowed him to go to Toro Rosso because they couldn’t offer him a drive,” said the Sky F1 pundit

“So maybe there is more of a link there and that relationship could blossom in the very near future.

“He’s going to end up in a very positive place because there seems to be this fight between Mercedes and Ferrari. Why wouldn’t you want that guy? He’s so young, give him a couple more years and he’s still only going to be 20 years old.

“The guy is just on fire every time gets in the car. I’m not surprised everyone wants a piece of him because he’s the new future of F1.”


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