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Verstappen targets four championships before 2027

  • Published on 30 Sep 2018 11:37
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Max Verstappen says that he hopes to have four world titles under his belt before 2027, when he will be 30 years old. The Dutchman celebrates his 21st birthday on Sunday in Sochi, and will be hoping to celebrate with a strong race starting at from the back of the grid.

Verstappen is currently contracted to Red Bull until the end of the 2020 season. Next year, the energy drink squad will be powered by Honda, bringing an end to its long-standing partnership with Renault. Verstappen doesn't believe that Red Bull-Honda will produce a championship fighting package immediately.

But he is looking to the future for when he has a more competitive car: "Hopefully in two years' time we will have the whole package together. Then I'll be more or less 23, so then we have another six, seven years to win championships. So hopefully around four. I hope, that would be nice."

Verstappen quickly made a name for himself in Formula 1, coming in as a 17-year-old for Toro Rosso in 2015 after just a one year in single-seaters. Since then he has bagged a number of podiums and race wins, saying that the time has flown by.

"I have to say it went really quick," said Verstappen. "I feel F3 is such a long time ago. To remember the F3 season [in 2014] is already pretty hard, the exact details. This is my fourth season in F1, it has gone really quick, and I'm only 21," he added.

Verstappen has received praise from his fellow drivers, despite being in the wars with some of them. When asked what he makes of positive comments from Lewis Hamilton, he replied: "It's always good and always nice, but at the end of the day I always focus on myself.

"It's of course nice for other people to say it. Lewis has always been really nice to me, he's a cool guy and he deserves where he is at the moment in his career. He's a very talented driver first of all, but he also works hard for it to achieve the results."

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  • and a landing on mars, with a trip to Europa. It would be nice!

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    • Sep 30 2018 - 12:12
  • If RB get the package together... I d say 4 is being modest

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    • Sep 30 2018 - 16:37
  • blade

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    It's been done - but lets be honest - unless they have parity/nr parity on power, they won't win a championship by having the best chassis. This is the reason RBR have promised to withdraw from F1 if Honda is not competitive by end 2020 season.

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    • Sep 30 2018 - 19:25
  • I do hope so but Leclerc is also a big candidate

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    • Sep 30 2018 - 20:08
  • How about let's start with one first. Good to see him run another clean race. His progress moving up the field wasn't really as brilliant as some were making it out to be. Nobody was putting up a fight at all because they knew that they weren't racing Red Bulls. Ricciardo made great progress too but we barely heard a word or saw anything of his race on the official F1 feed.

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    • Sep 30 2018 - 20:31
    • boudy

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      Ric was 30 secs+ behind Max. Ric made up most places once they drivers in front of him took their pitstop. Max's start and car placement during overtakes were great and he was in a point scoring place within a couple of laps. He outclassed Ricciardo; stats now show that he has out qualified him 13 -2.

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      • Sep 30 2018 - 21:52

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