Reigning world champion and current leader of the drivers’ classification, Max Verstappen does not intend to last forever in Formula 1. The Dutchman even recently announced the date of his retirement.
Becoming the youngest driver in history to take the start of a Formula 1 race, at only 17 years and 166 days, Max Verstappen should not, on the other hand, break the record for longevity… During an interview according to From Telegraaf, the reigning world champion admitted to already thinking about his retirement. He also set the date for the latter.
“I might stop in 2028”
“I might stop in 2028. By then I would have been in F1 for quite a while. But it also depends on whether I will have a competitive car and whether I can fight for titles. I can’t stand driving with my foot off, I would still prefer to drive in another series”thus confided Verstappen, in remarks relayed by AutoTrader.
Meanwhile, the reigning world champion, who extended his lease with Red Bull until 2028 at the start of the year, with a record salary at stake, does not see himself changing teams. “Today, I have absolutely no desire to drive for another team. If I feel good with Red Bull and it works, why change? »said the Dutchman.
“There is less pressure, more fun”
After ending his career in F1, Max Verstappen intends to continue in the automotive world, endurance racing particularly attracting him. “There is less pressure, more fun, did he support. Participating in an Endurance race could even be possible at the same time as my F1 career. But it won’t be for this season or the one after, but maybe after. 24 Hour races, like Le Mans, Spa-Francorchamps, Daytona, or the 12 Hours of Sebring appeal to me. On a simulator, I have already won the 1000 km of Bathurst twice. »
However, unlike his father Jos, he doesn’t see himself doing rallies: “I like to get in a rally car once in a while for fun, but never in competition. I find it too dangerous, and I don’t like driving with a co-pilot. I prefer to be alone. »
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