'It's Not About Where': Verstappen To Make Decision About Future In F1

Thursday, 04 April 2024 at 15:00
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Max Verstappen suggested that an important decision for him is not where he wants to continue but whether he wants to continue in F1 at all.
Triple World Champion Max Verstappen currently holds the keys to the 2025 driver market, and Toto Wolff has confirmed he's waiting for the Dutchman to decide.
Recent reports suggest that Red Bull isn't worried anymore that the 26-year-old will leave their team. Fernando Alonso recently chimed in on the conversation, saying he thinks Verstappen has "zero chance" of leaving the Austrian team.
When the triple World Champion was approached with Alonso's comment and asked whether it was accurate and what factors would influence his decision, he said:

"No, it all depends on if I want to drive next year, you know. But from my side, no, I'm very happy where I'm at. And, yeah, we want to keep it that way."

On the one hand, Verstappen denies there would be zero chance of him leaving. On the other hand, he keeps emphasizing that he is currently happy at Red Bull.
Nevertheless, it is interesting that the Dutchman has been asked a similar question multiple times over the last few weeks, and he still doesn't completely dismiss it.
Verstappen, who we know as a straightforward man, could clearly say, "I'm not leaving Red Bull; leave me alone finally," but for some reason, he doesn't.
The triple World Champion keeps saying he has a contract with Red Bull until 2028, which might be his way of saying he's not leaving the team.
However, we recently learned from Lewis Hamilton that a signed contract doesn't necessarily stop the driver from changing teams.
The 26-year-old was also asked whether he would consider extending his collaboration with Honda, which would mean joining Aston Martin in or after 2026, he responded:

"I don't know. It doesn't mean necessarily '26 or whatever, right? I mean, I have a contract with Red Bull until '28."

"After that, I first want to see if I actually even want to continue. That's for me the most important. It's not so much about where. So these kind of things I don't really think about at the moment."