Jos Verstappen is very concerned about the future of Red Bull Racing. The former Formula 1 driver fears that the Austrian racing team will not be able to compete with Mercedes and Ferrari next year either.

"We have had a whole year to close the gap, but have not gotten closer to basics. Why should that succeed next year?", Max Verstappen's father wonders on Monday in the Ziggo Sport program Pep talk . "I'm really worried about that. The team really needs to make some changes to participate in the title next year."

Red Bull won the Grand Prix of Austria and Germany this year with Max Verstappen, but the last races are much more different from Mercedes and Ferrari than before the summer break, making new success for Red Bull seem far away this season.

"Before the summer break, the last games went really well. Since then we have stopped a bit, while the others have actually made progress", continues the 47-year-old Jos Verstappen. "We are a bit behind in terms of engine and car."

Jos Verstappen believes that Max can compete for the world title in a good car. "It is absolutely not his fault. That makes this situation even more difficult. Soon we will talk to the team again and see what we can do. At the moment it is not good enough."

Max Verstappen is currently fourth in the World Cup position. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Max Verstappen previously expressed concerns about Red Bull

Max Verstappen already announced after the race in Sochi last Sunday that he is concerned about the current situation at Red Bull.

"I don't expect Japan to suddenly turn into a magical weekend in two weeks. So we have to get to work. Will it work out this year? I don't know. We're going to see it," the Dutchman told the AD .

"These are not the most competitive weeks for us and then you just have to bring that car home and score maximum points."

The next Grand Prix will be held in Japan. At the Suzuka circuit, the seventeenth race of the season starts on Sunday 13 October at 7.10 a.m. (Dutch time).

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