Verstappen Gives Honest Verdict On Red Bull Exit Rumours

Thursday, 21 March 2024 at 10:30
Updated at Thursday, 21 March 2024 at 10:34
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Max Verstappen answered more questions about Red Bull exit rumors during the media day ahead of the Australian Grand Prix weekend.
Former F1 driver and three-time Grand Prix winner Johny Herbert recently said he heard Verstappen's deal with Mercedes was "getting quite close." There have been speculations that his contract might include a clause allowing him to leave the team.
When Sergio Perez was approached with questions about potential clauses in his teammate's contract, he said he didn't know about any but added that it would be a "blow" for the team if the 26-year-old were to leave.
Max Verstappen was approached with the comments of his teammate ahead of the 2024 Australian Grand Prix, and he told the media:

"I think there's every reason to be happy, right? The car's going really well, there's so many great people in the team that are constantly pushing for better results, so for me that's what I focus on."

Max Verstappen talking to the media ahead of the 2024 Australian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen talking to the media ahead of the 2024 Australian Grand Prix
While Verstappen didn't really say it in a very straightforward manner, it seems he intends to stay with Red Bull.

"I focus on the performance, I'm happy, and when I go home, I don't think about any other thing because it's pretty fixed where I'm at also, and that's also where I want to be."

The 26-year-old then repeated that his contract with Red Bull lasts until the end of the 2028 season and asserted that he is personally happy with the team.

"I know that I have contract with the team till the end of 2028, and I'm very happy also with all the people that I'm working with. The car is working really well, so I think we should be focusing on that."

"Of course, during the previous weekend, there was a lot of talk, but I think we try to put that behind as a team and just focus on what is happening on track."