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Marko: "Max Verstappen cannot switch to Ferrari"

  • Published on 10 May 2017 14:51
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Red Bull insists there is no risk it could lose Max Verstappen to a rival team like Ferrari before his contract runs out. Former F1 driver Martin Brundle this week said he can sense the 19-year-old's "frustration" this year, as Red Bull struggles to match Ferrari and Mercedes.

So there are rumours Verstappen could be poached by Ferrari, whose contracts with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen run out late this year. Although Dutchman Verstappen is under contract for 2018, one rumour is that his deal contains a clause that might let him leave Red Bull for performance reasons.

But Red Bull driver manager Dr Helmut Marko told Germany's Auto Bild: "Contrary to all rumours, there is no performance clause in Verstappen's contract. If we do not release him, he cannot switch to Ferrari." (GMM)

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  • I suspected as much.

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    • May 10 2017 - 16:02
  • JoeGreen84

    Posts: 30

    For gods sakes. how about a driver struggles for the title for once rather than just being given a seat at one of the best teams. Must suck to be one of the other great drivers on the grid like Nico hulkenburg who are long serving with teams who are not right at the sharp end then max jumps in, gets vaulted up to red bull mid season then even before his contract is up is looking at a Red car drive.

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    • May 10 2017 - 16:07
    • kajin

      Posts: 193

      Don't forget how rbr was against kyvat...this world is very hard ....a lot of money is playing also a part of the game.

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      • May 10 2017 - 16:29
    • I'd love to see Hulkenberg in a Ferrari.

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      • May 10 2017 - 17:17
    • boudy

      Posts: 1,168

      Best drivers will go to the best cars. I would see it as a complement towards VES and maybe putting a bit a pressure on RBR. RBR itself doesn't shy a away from putting pressure on people (think of RENAULT 14-15) nothing out of the scope of normality of F1.

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      • May 10 2017 - 17:21
    • boudy

      Posts: 1,168

      @CALLE.ITW

      Or perez

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      • May 10 2017 - 17:22
    • Hm, yes, I think he could be a good fit there aswell, and its more likely than Hulkenberg, seeing as Hulk is, officially at least, comitted to Renault.

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      • May 10 2017 - 17:49
  • Serve your contract and then chose the best option!

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    • May 12 2017 - 14:36

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