Verstappen launches his own racing team alongside Red Bull

Henry Valantine
Max Verstappen, Red Bull, touches his shirt collar. Australia, April 2022.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, puts his hand to his collar. Australia, April 2022.

Max Verstappen has unveiled his own racing team, named Racing, which he has launched with full support from Red Bull.

The World Champion is well-known to be a fan of racing in both the virtual and real worlds, and his new team will bring the two together with drivers running under the moniker in real life and on the screen.

Father Jos will compete with the Racing team when he takes part in the Belgian Rally Championship this year, while young Dutchman Thierry Vermeulen will race with the team’s support in the ADAC GT Masters series this year.

In the virtual world, Racing will be represented by Team Redline – the team with which Verstappen has won races such as the Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours in the past.

He said he’s enjoyed partnering with Red Bull on his new project, and he hopes to use his own experience as a driver to help any up-and-coming talent placed under his wing.

Verstappen said: “Racing has always been my biggest passion in life, from the moment I first stepped into a go-kart until today. Besides my own Formula 1 career, racing is what I dedicate most of my time to.”

“I am truly happy that, with the Racing team, I can share the love for racing with drivers and teams I feel closely connected to.

“Apart from the fun it brings me, I can also share my racing knowledge with them, which hopefully helps everybody to improve themselves.”

“After agreeing upon a long-term deal with Red Bull Racing earlier this year, I am very happy to be part of the Red Bull family for many years to come.

“The close partnership with Red Bull as a company is also reflected in the fact that they are supporting the Racing team for the coming years, which makes me very proud. I can’t wait to get started and keep pushing flat out.”

In the current Formula 1 standings, Verstappen’s two retirements mean he is already lagging 46 points behind runaway World Championship leader Charles Leclerc after three races of the season.


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