Max Verstappen says Red Bull “always want more” from their Honda engine as together they look to end Mercedes’ dominance.
2019 has been the first year of the Honda/Red Bull partnership. The Japanese manufacturer had been supplying Toro Rosso for 2018 and they did enough to convince Red Bull to ditch Renault and take Honda power for 2019.
And it’s safe to say the relationship has gotten off to a great start with Verstappen taking three wins this season, while Honda have now confirmed that they will continue to supply Red Bull until at least 2021.
Verstappen has been happy with the strong results and reliability which Honda have brought to Red Bull, and he says the team’s constant search for “more” from the engine helps push them forward.
“We had some some good results. For me, what was more important was also reliability. I think that has been very strong, throughout the whole year,” he said during Thursday’s driver press conference ahead of the Abu Dhabi GP.
“Also the progression we made with the engine itself that has all been going really well. But we always want more, so we will never be satisfied with what we are doing.
“But it’s been good and I think it is a good basis for next year as well. I think we learned a lot throughout the whole year and I feel confident that we can have a positive start to next season.”
Speaking of next season, Verstappen feels he will go into 2020 with his best chance yet of winning a first Drivers’ Championship.
“Yes, I think we do, looking at the plans for next year,” he said when asked if Red Bull have a title-contending car for 2020.
“But of course, you say have to wait and see what the others come up with. Of course we want to fight for the title so we’re going to give it everything we have to be competitive from the start next year.”