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Ferrari 'certainly not' interested in signing Verstappen

  • Published on 04 Jul 2019 09:29
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Ferrari is not eying up Max Verstappen for a seat at the team in 2020, according to the Scuderia's team principal Mattia Binotto.

Verstappen has been linked with a move away from Red Bull as early as the end of the 2019 season, amid suggestions that there is a release clause in his contract.

Ferrari altered its driver line-up this season, as it brought it Charles Leclerc alongside Sebastian Vettel, replacing its 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

Binotto insists that the team is not preparing to make changes again, and that it has a "fixed" driver line-up for the foreseeable future.

“No certainly not," he said when asked if Verstappen was of interest to Ferrari, "and I can only confirm what Seb said.

“We’ve got two drivers, we’ve got contracts in place and we are very happy.

“Next season our line-up is fixed and there are no reasons we why should change. I think things are going well in that respect.”

Leclerc defeat will spur him on

Verstappen took his sixth career win and his first victory of the season on Sunday at the Austrian Grand Prix, beating Leclerc after an intense end of race battle. 

Binotto believes that Leclerc's defeat at Spielberg will only encourage him and shape him into a stronger driver. 

"I think that after certainly quali he was somehow very optimistic and after as well the first laps of the race he was controlling the race and probably saw himself in a good position.

“But that’s what’s good in that sport is the chequered flag is only at the end of the race and anything may happen.

"I think he is simply looking ahead at the next races as a new challenge and he is very hungry so I’m pretty sure that sooner or late it will be his time.”

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  • what a shame, he'd be a great fit

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    • Jul 4 2019 - 13:58
    • If it's any comfort, they said the same about Vettel once. Ferrari's words on whom they would or would not hire mean about as much as a promise made by *insert name of politician here*.

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      • Jul 4 2019 - 19:55
    • siggy74

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      could you imagine Charles and max as the drivers, If cant win a championship with that line up ;p best retire and stick to building robin reliant s ROFL.

      We all know that while Vets there, then the contract says no max ;p or Alonso ;p

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      • Jul 4 2019 - 20:01
  • It's the kind of distraction Ferrari doesn't need. I seriously doubt they would even be thinking or talking about it if someone hadn't brought it up. They need to focus on getting their act together with the team they have and spend time thinking about changing drivers.

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    • Jul 4 2019 - 20:54
  • f1ski

    Posts: 611

    why would he go to ferrari now. for 2 years they have not been able to improve their chassis. If he leaves RBR II see a move to MB more likely. Lewis says he wants more competition.

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    • Jul 6 2019 - 23:15

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