Cape Town - Max Verstappen believes Red Bull's rivals "would never
see us again" if his RB was powered by the Mercedes engine.
Last season Red Bull raced to three victories, two for
Verstappen and one for Daniel Ricciardo, on their way to third in the
It was the team's fourth successive season without
championship success with their fall from P1 coinciding with the introduction
of the hybrid V6s in 2014.
And although Red Bull's engine supplier Renault took steps
forward in 2017, it wasn't enough to challenge the Mercedes with Verstappen
saying his team would be unbeatable if they ran the Brackley outfit's engines.
"I think that if we had a Mercedes engine in the back,
they would never see us again," he told Motorsport.com.
He added: "Ours just isn't that stable compared to what
Mercedes and Ferrari have.
"But it has to do with several things. Otherwise they
would have solved it a long time ago, of course."