Red Bull and Verstappen want to stay together for a long time
Formula 1 news: As you would expect when you win a world championship, 2021 Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen is very anxious to sign a new deal with Red Bull as soon as possible.
The two sides have been together since 2014, where Verstappen was first a Toro Rosso driver until he was promoted to the senior squad in 2016. Since then, the two sides have not looked back.
Max’s current contract with RB runs until 2023, so another two years, but since clinching his first title in Abu Dhabi, the Dutchman has declared his intention to secure an even longer contract. 10-15 years older.
Max is due to visit Red Bull’s headquarters in Salzburg, and the team’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has said talks about a new contract are expected to start very soon.
Both parties eager to build something amazing
Helmut Marko also indicated that contract negotiations will be on the agenda as soon as Max comes to meet him in Graz with his Manager, Raymond Vermeulen.
“We will see. We will discuss and perhaps conclude an extension. Marko also says he sees parallels with the late Ayrton Senna in Verstappen. “He’s the fastest, most consistent, and most aggressive rider we’ve ever hadhe said. I ask, have you forgotten Sebastian Vettel, Marko?
On Verstappen’s side, the feelings are mutual. On the contrary, he feels much more attached to his “family”. “It’s like that, because I think you also heard on my radio, on my knees, asking me if I could stay another 10/15 years, he said at the FIA gala.
“So I am very happy where I am. And also, I can be myself, and I think that is also very important. And it’s not just pure F1: we can have fun, we can have a good laugh. “
Will the future be as strong as in 2021?
Well, as always, there is no guarantee. However, something that made me look up was that Max also said that whenever his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase leaves the sport he will follow him too.
“I told him I only wanted to work with him. As soon as it stops, I stop too. It’s amazing how we work together. Of course, we can be very strict with each other at some point, but I want that too. He should be able to tell me if I’m a jerk and vice versa. I always told him that too. “
All said and done, all I can say is I’m glad that at least Max didn’t do Rosberg and shocked the world by suddenly announcing his retirement from Formula 1 with effect. immediate. To be honest, I can’t wait to see how it goes next year. How Verstappen defends his title for the first time in his F1 career. Should be fun.