Max Verstappen: Red Bull chief provides update to worry Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel

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At least that’s what Red Bull chief Helmut Marko has suggested in an update which will concern Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Max Verstappen is gearing up for a fifth season at the pinnacle of motorsport with the 2019 F1 campaign getting underway next month.

And this year he will be hoping to deliver on the potential which has long seen him marked out as a champion of the future.

Verstappen has shown off his talent since making his debut in 2015, collecting five Grand Prix wins to date.

But his progress has been hampered by the unreliability of the Renault engines Red Bull were previously utilising.

Marko has now given his verdict on the sort of improvement Red Bull are expecting with Honda engines now at their disposal.

And it’s sure to send a shiver down the spines of Hamilton and Vettel, who are the biggest threats to Verstappen’s hopes of securing glory.

“Honda promises much more,” Marko told German outlet RTL.

“It’s very important that we address the reliability issues we had with Renault in the previous year.”

Verstappen is under contract at Red Bull until the end of the 2020 F1 season.

He has previously discussed potentially leaving them then if they are not competitive enough.

Mercedes has been touted as a possible landing spot for the 21-year-old Dutchman.

F1 expert Tony Jardine, though, reckons Lewis Hamilton might stop Mercedes from snaring Verstappen.

“It would be the dream team, wouldn’t it,” Jardine exclusively told Express Sport, when asked if Verstappen could join Hamilton at Mercedes in 2020.

“Mercedes would love to be able to do that. I’m sure Verstappen would love to go to Mercedes if they’re still very competitive.

“But, I actually think a bit like Vettel who protests as much as he can about who his team-mate might be, which is another reason why Daniel Ricciardo, we all thought he was a shoo-in at Ferrari, [Vettel] kept him out, Lewis might be able to keep Verstappen out.”

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