“The relationship with Max is very strong, he believes in the project, in what we are doing, and he sees the investment Red Bull is making.
“I am confident we won’t need to refer to any contractual clauses. It will be down to us to deliver a competitive car.”
Even though there is a possibility of Verstappen being allowed to walk away from Red Bull for free, Horner thinks his team will be able to take the battle to Mercedes this year.
“We demonstrated at Abu Dhabi that Mercedes are beatable at a track they have been unbeaten at for the past six or seven years,” he explained.