Verstappen unfazed by potential Red Bull- Honda deal

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Max Verstappen is shrugging off the prospect of a deal between Red Bull Racing and Honda for 2019, at least for now.

Amid the convoluted agreements and engine supply swap deals between McLaren and Toro Rosso and Renault and Honda, a report from is alleging that Renault will part ways with Red Bull Racing, which in turn will likely turn to Honda power from 2019.

The complicated state of affairs and the potential prospect of racing with a Honda engine in his back isn't worrying Max Vesrtappen.

"At the end of the day I am not making that decision. I know I am driving with a Red Bull Renault next year and then we will see," says the Dutch teenager.

"First we need to see what I am doing in 2019. I am not worried about it. I want to focus on the beginning of 2018 and see how competitive we are.

"It could be that Honda next year is very competitive, but I don't know what is decided for the future," he said.

"We just have to wait and see. I just want to see what will happen at the beginning of 2018 and then we will know…" 

Turning to his race prospects, Verstappen is confident of securing a good result.

"I think if we look to Monaco where our car was not as good as it is now, we were already quite competitive – especially in the race," he said.

"So I am definitely looking forward to the weekend. We can be strong, but we need to get the setup right for sure. I really think we can be a threat."

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