Red Bull's instability

Since Verstappen joined the team in 2016, the Dutchman has shared a garage with four different teammates. A figure that could increase next year.


Red Bull's philosophy from the time it entered Formula 1 as a team was clear from the start: taking great talent from the youth ranks to the 'Big Circus' by the hand. The objective of the energetic team was to mature along the way to future world champions and they placed their trust in a Helmut Marko, who became responsible for choosing the young talents with which to achieve success in the highest category. The Austrian was completely right with the bet of a Vettel that filled with optimism a structure next to which he was proclaimed four-time world champion after having played for a year and a half (2007 and 2008) in the Toro Rosso subsidiary. The German left with his departure a high degree of optimism, which over the seasons has deteriorated based on reality.

Reissuing success sounded continuously in a factory where pressure has largely been responsible for having erased the brilliance of a project in which, in recent years, there has only been one pilot who has had the full support of the team: Max Verstappen. The Dutchman came to the ranks of the energy structure in 2014 to avoid being taken away by Mercedes and this signing represented the first breach of a philosophy that only intended to bring drivers from his quarry into his car. They made up this 'betrayal' by placing the young Dutchman in the Red Bull subsidiary and in mid-2016, they put all their trust in a promise that returned the favor by way of victory. Something that they had not seen since Spa 2014 and that in addition to restoring hope to the box, was also responsible for marking the beginning of an instability that has lasted until now.

Ricciardo, also from the Red Bull quarry, was the other star in the energy garage at the time. The Australian was a potential world champion for Milton Keynes, but the arrival of Verstappen changed everything to the point of announcing Daniel's departure two years later, questioned by the lack of performance against the new star of the team. It was there that the dance and Gasly began, the first relay on a list that could continue to grow this season. The Frenchman only lasted 12 races, with a fourth as the best position, after accusing unsustainable pressure that Albon threw behind him. The Briton did not improve the performances of his predecessor, but at least he did have the opportunity to continue demonstrating his potential for another year until he experienced the same outcome: being left without a seat at Red Bull.They broke their philosophy with 'Checo'

The energy team's search for success was so desperate that they broke with all their philosophy by announcing the signing of Sergio Pérez. The arrival of the Mexican, who landed in Milton Keynes without the umbilical cord that had to unite him from the lower categories to the project, made him Verstappen's fourth rival in the garage, assuming this the highest number of partner changes in the last five years. Nobody has shared a team with as many drivers in the last five years as Max. The figure of the Dutchman, whom they have wanted to retain at all costs in Red Bull, has been unquestionable while once again the value of a driver is questioned, who precisely entered the equation after having gone down in the history of the race. F1 as a grand prize winner.

Pérez's victory with Racing Point at Sakhir made Milton Keynes definitely opt for him. And although he has also managed to climb the RB16B to the top step of the podium, the results do not guarantee anything: "It should be more consistent." Red Bull is looking for alternatives for the Mexican, returning to the quarry is an option that is on the table if they finally withdraw their confidence in Checo, and the only thing that comes to light once again is that Verstappen is non-negotiable in the team. Not even the pilots' dance has had collateral damage to the Dutchman's performance, finally competing in a realistic way for Mercedes in the World Championship in the hybrid era, and now we just have to wait as Marko said: "We are evaluating options, considering them ..., but I'm not going to give names. The intention is to confirm the Red Bull and Alpha Tauri drivers at the same time. " Between the Spa and Zandvoort races, the doubts may be cleared up.

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