Verstappen insists there are no ‘sides’ at Red Bull
August 12, 2021
Max Verstappen has dismissed suggestions that there are different sides at work in Milton Keynes this season, and says that Red Bull is now one big united team in pursuit of the world championship.
“What is important is to have the team just working together,” Verstappen told Channel 4 F1 this week. “Like fully both sides. I don’t even call it sides, because in our team there are no sides.”
That’s certainly very different from 2018, when Verstappen was paired with Daniel Ricciardo and there was friction between the two sides of the Red Bull garage throughout the season.
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Ricciardo said he felt he was being eased out and duly left at the end of the season for Renault.
His place in the team was initially taken by Pierre Gasly and then by Alexander Albon, but neither driver delivered the sort of consistency that the team management wanted to sustain their title campaign
Sergio Perez has helped Red Bull get on an even footing with Mercedes in the constructors championship and seems to have a good working relationship with Verstappen.