Red Bull principal Christian Horner is “totally confident” that Max Verstappen will stay with the team for 2020.
Both Verstappen and Mercedes principal Toto Wolff laughed off rumours of talks between the pair over a Mercedes move, while naturally a switch to Ferrari has been mentioned.
The Dutchman’s contract with Red Bull expires at the end of the 2020 season, though it is believed he has a performance clause, allowing him to leave if the team are not competitive with new engine supplier Honda.
Despite all these factors, Horner has no fears of losing Verstappen.
“Max has a contract and it’s very clear what that position is. I’m totally confident that he’ll be here next year,” he is quoted by GPToday.net.
“Three fourth positions in a row is getting a little bit boring now and I think we want to be fighting for the podium again.”
“Max selected another gear since last years Canadian Grand Prix. We want to give him the tools that he can take the fight to Ferrari and Mercedes.”
The next stop on the Formula calendar is the Spanish GP, the event where Verstappen took his first Formula 1 victory back in 2016, and the 21-year-old hopes their knowledge of the track from pre-season testing will help them be competitive from the get-go.
“It’s a good track and we all test there during pre-season so hopefully that will help us set up the car straight away” he explained.
“For us, the main thing is to keep maximising our results while we hopefully continue to close the gap to the Championship leaders.”