Max Verstappen’s Red Bull exit clause revealed as F1 star considers shock move
June 28 2019 , 1:52 pm
Max Verstappen has been unable to fight for victories this season and is reportedly considering his long-term future with Red Bull
Max Verstappen could quit Red Bull if the Formula One team fail to give him the tools to fight for victories – and the driver is able to begin discussions with rival teams as early as August.
Red Bull are undergoing a transition this season after ditching Renault power-units at the end of the 2018 campaign and opting for a new era with Honda.
But Verstappen has been unable to challenge all-conquering Mercedes and their runaway leader Lewis Hamilton so far, securing just two podiums in the opening eight races of the season.
The highly-rated Dutchman has made no secret of his ambitions to become a world champion and reports in Spain suggest he may seek a move in his bid to achieve that dream.
Marca have claimed that Verstappen has a performance clause in his current contract that allows him to speak to rival teams once the drivers head off for the annual summer break.
Should Verstappen fail to win a race after the Hungarian Grand Prix, which is in four races time, then the 21-year-old will be able to discuss terms with rival teams.
Verstappen is desperate to prove his worth at Red Bull and it is believed the Milton Keynes-based squad are willing to do all it takes to keep him at the team.
Red Bull are even considering taking on their fourth Honda engine of the year – which would incur a penalty – in Germany so their No.1 driver can have a better chance of fighting for pole positions and, ultimately, victories.
Verstappen has long been considered as a world champion in waiting, and Mercedes and Ferrari will certainly keep an eye on this development.
Mercedes currently have a strong driver line-up in Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, and whether team boss Toto Wolff would want to bring the Dutchman to the Silver Arrows remains to be seen.
Ferrari, on the other hand, have been struggling this season and there have been rumours around the paddock that four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel is considering his long-term future in F1.
Verstappen has long been touted with a switch to the famous Italian outfit, and a switch to the Scuderia would undoubtedly give him a better chance of challenging Hamilton for world titles.
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