Max Verstappen has claimed that Red Bull could change its mind about pulling out of F1 if the team continues to challenge at the front of the field. The reigning champion hinted that he would be prepared to leave at the end of his current contract in 2028 to spend more time with family.
However, he stressed that he could be tempted to stay depending on how competitive Red Bull still is. The Dutchman made the comment when asked if he still wanted to stay at Red Bull for another 10 or 15 years.
He made the promise on team radio moments after winning the championship in Abu Dhabi last season. Verstappen responded to Sky Sports: “That’s why I signed until 2028. So I’m 31 years old, after that I don’t know if I’m going to continue in Formula One.
“But it probably also depends a bit on how competitive we are in 2028. F1 is amazing and I have achieved a lot and I am very happy and proud about it. But there are many trips. There are many races and at what time, what is most important. If family is more important or F1 is more important, that’s where you have to decide.”
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Ricciardo said: “When you said ex I thought you were saying Max is hanging on him! You are not? Verstappen simply replied: “Not yet.”
The Red Bull driver leaving F1 at 31 would make him younger than many of his fellow world champions. Vettel will start his last race today at 35, while Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he wants to sign a new multi-year contract despite being 37.
Although Nico Rosberg walked away after securing his first title at age 30 in 2016.
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