Martin Brundle thinks Max Verstappen will be pondering how he can get himself into a Mercedes seat if he continues to not win titles with Red Bull.
The youngest-ever driver to make a start in Formula 1 and the youngest-ever race winner, Verstappen has made no secret of the fact that he wanted to complete the trifecta by becoming the youngest-ever Formula 1 World Champion.
But time is running out on achieving that particular feat and, regardless of the record, it appears Red Bull and Verstappen still have quite a lot of catching up to do if they are to be the ones to knock Mercedes off their perch any time soon.
However, Brundle feels there will become a point where Verstappen will try and move to Mercedes in the future to realise his title dreams if Red Bull are ultimately unable to deliver the goods for him.
“I think we’re going to hear more frustrated radio messages,” Brundle told Motorsport.com.
“But his team have been really great at the pit stops and did a great job getting him to the start in Hungary. And I think he really appreciates that, to some extent, as a sort of ‘one for all, all for one’.
“But Max will also look around and think ‘how am I going to win a World Championship?’ If Mercedes continues to participate, he’ll also be thinking: ‘how do I get into that Mercedes at some point?'”
Even though the 202o season is just three races old, Brundle believes the frustration will already be growing with Verstappen 30 points behind World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton heading into the double header at Silverstone.
“I think he is very frustrated. I mean, already after a couple of laps this season he dropped out, and what did we say? DNFs are not an option, and he has one,” Brundle added.
“Normally Red Bull appears with a package that seems to have all the ingredients, and about halfway through the season they let it coincide in the most impressive way.
“Once again the car seems to have a lot of potential, but they really need to pull it out. We will see it at Silverstone. I think the chassis is strong enough and Honda looks strong too, but let’s wait and see.
“Let’s wait and see what the long turns at Silverstone bring them and what things they have found. They’ll master the car, but the question is when?”
Verstappen extended his Red Bull contract back in January 2020 until the end of the 2023 season.