As part of Red Bull Powertrains’ preparations to supply Red Bull and AlphaTauri from 2022, there has been some sort of poaching mission going on.
The target was Mercedes, and so far six staff members have been publicly confirmed for an upcoming Mercedes move to the new Red Bull engine department. The highest profile of them is Mercedes engine chief Ben Hodgkinson.
Toto Wolff says up to 100 of his team were approached and 15 chose to make the switch, and Verstappen thinks it’s understandable that some are doing it.
“When a team has been so dominant for so long you will try to get your hands on those kinds of people,” the Dutchman told Barcelona according to Motorsport.
“But I also think that, for our part, it is a new and interesting project to participate in.”
“When people are at the same time for a long time, I think sometimes they want to look for new challenges and that’s understandable.”
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Verstappen and his colleagues have battled Mercedes this season on the track, winning the second race of the year at Imola and pushing Lewis Hamilton close in the other laps, having a broadly even car for the first time in the hybrid era. .
The Dutchman says his machines have improved in every area compared to last season’s challenger, and that is largely because they knew what they wanted to change in 2020 but couldn’t do it. do before this season.
“We changed a lot of things about the car which we knew weren’t optimal last year,” he said. racingnews365.com.
“However, we weren’t able to make those changes during the season. I think we have taken a good step forward because of this.
“The car’s balance is better, but we have more power during the races. In fact, the car has improved in all areas.
“It’s important that drivers have a car that is predictable and does exactly what they expect. As a result, the pilot sometimes has a different opinion than the team on what to do. “
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