After being asked about it, Max Verstappen has reportedly told his Red Bull bosses that he wants Nico Hülkenberg to be his teammate next season. With Alex Albon struggling this season and Pierre Gasly staying with AlphaTauri, Hulkenberg’s chances of driving alongside Verstappen in 2021 seem to be increasing. The Dutchman has a good relationship with the German, with the two often speaking in Dutch when they are together in the paddock. Nonetheless, while claiming he would be happy if Hülkenberg got contracted, he has previously said he doesn’t care too much about who his teammate is. “I’m not making the decision,” he told Ziggo Sport. Of course they ask (Red Bull, ed.) For my opinion, but in the end I don’t care who gets that seat. We are waiting for it. “
Verstappen is pushing internally
However, reports from both De Telegraaf and F1 Insider now claim that when his bosses asked him for his opinion during the Portuguese Grand Prix race weekend in Portimao, Verstappen made it clear that he wanted Hülkenberg to choose. “F1-Insider.com is sure: Verstappen also pusts internally for Hülkenberg”, says the German website. The fact that the two get along well has partly to do with the origins of Hülkenberg. His birthplace Emmerich is on the Dutch border and the German even speaks good Dutch. But more importantly, Verstappen knows that he needs the right support in his own camp for 2021 in the duel against the dominant Mercedes.
Self-confidence and stability
And Verstappen knows: you need a teammate with healthy self-confidence and stable mental strength. His former teammate Daniel Ricciardo had that, and so was Nico Hülkenberg.
“Make Max World Champion”
The website also asked Helmut Marko about the matter. While the Austrian confirmed that Verstappen has expressed his opinion, he did not go into the details and downplayed the importance of the connection between the Dutchman and Hülkenberg. “We did not succeed in 2020, but in 2021 we finally want to attack Mercedes and make Max world champion, even if he cannot become the youngest champion anymore,” said the Austrian. We also ask Max for his opinion on who the other rider should be on our team. We now also know his opinion. But whether a driver can speak Dutch is not decisive, because the team language is English. “
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