The only engine Max Verstappen has yet to drive in Formula 1 is that of Mercedes. Red Bull drove with Renault engines for years and have used Honda power units since 2019. Prior to his move to Red Bull, Verstappen took part in several races with Ferrari engines while with Toro Rosso.
The arrival of Sergio Perez provides Red Bull and Honda with a wealth of information about the engine used by their great rival, Mercedes. RacingNews365.com asked Verstappen how Perez is of value in this regard and whether it also helps Honda with regards to its own unit.
"It gives us an idea. I don't know if it necessarily makes our engine stronger, it's actually too late for that this year," Verstappen stated, referring to the fact that F1 engines can't be developed during the season.
Nevertheless, the team is learning a lot from Perez and his information.
"What is important is how the starts go," Verstappen added. "How the engine picks up and downshifts. How an engine reacts when you get on the gas. We talk about things like that, of course. I've driven with Renault and Ferrari engines before. You always get new ideas to see how you can improve things.
"It's nice to get input on the Mercedes engine," concluded the Red Bull driver.