Both drivers Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have reacted to the news that Volkswagen will eventually be joining the F1 grid, after the manufacturer revealed it was in its “final evaluation phase” of the move.
It’s looking as though Porsche and Audi (manufacturers under the VW Group), will come on as engine manufacturers with the former looking to power Red Bull. Red Bull’s world champion Max Verstappen had the following to say about the partnership:
“I think it’s very exciting and very important for Formula 1 as well.
“Of course we have great teams, but to have really great brands behind it is really nice. I’m looking forward to what the future will bring.”
Mercedes driver and 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has seen this coming for a while:
“I knew about it a long time ago. I think it’s great that we are going to get new manufacturers within the sport,” he told the press.
“Especially as you see there are several teams who have potential to be top teams but are customer teams, so I think it’s going to be great moving forwards,” he added.
McLaren’s Lando Norris also gave his perspective on the news after Audi was rumoured to be eyeing up McLaren.
“It’s a bit more I guess about us and Red Bull because those are the teams who seem to be involved at the minute,” he said.
“Of course, if there are more manufacturers involved, it’s only a good thing for Formula 1.”