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Red Bull recruitment of Mercedes staff a boost for Verstappen future

Story by: Ian Parkes & Sam Hall

Max Verstappen has declared he ‘wants to be a part’ of Red Bull’s future as the team throws its resources into developing its own power unit.

With Honda leaving F1 at the end of this season, Red Bull is to take up development of the PU from 2022 before designing its own system for 2025.

Red Bull recruitment of Mercedes staff a boost for Verstappen future
Ben Hodgkinson was recently confirmed as technical director of the new Powertrains department, with Red Bull keen to benefit from his 20 years of experience working for Mercedes High Performance Powertrains.

Ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, Red Bull has also confirmed five other former Mercedes employees will be making the transition.

Asked how the project affects his own future despite a contract that runs to 2023, Verstappen said: “It’s great to see.

“Of course, we talk about it within the team and it is a very exciting future which of course, I want to be part of.”

From next year, Red Bull will join Ferrari as the only two teams on the grid to produce both its chassis and power unit on the same campus.

Mercedes and Alpine produce their own power units but in separate locations to the chassis development.

Reflecting on the growing number of Mercedes staff joining Red Bull, Verstappen commented: “It is interesting.

“But it is quite normal, when a team has been so dominant for such a long time, that you will try to get those kinds of people. I also think it is an interesting new project to be part of from our side.

“When people are in the same place for a long time sometimes they want to seek new challenges and that is understandable.”

With Honda leaving F1 at the end of this season, Red Bull is to take up development of the PU from 2022 before designing its own system for 2025.