Red Bull reveal why Max Verstappen is banned from Nordschleife event

Sam Cooper
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen in the paddock at Albert Park for the Australian Grand Prix.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen in the paddock.

Helmut Marko has detailed the reasons why Max Verstappen will not be joining Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel at the Nordschleife later this year.

Ricciardo and Vettel are set to get back into a Red Bull car as they take part in the Red Bull Formula Nurburgring event in September with Vettel driving the RB7 while Ricciardo is in the RB8.

But one man who will not be joining them on track at least is current F1 driver Verstappen, who Red Bull are not willing to risk as he pursues a third World title.

Verstappen told reporters in Canada that he had been banned by Marko as the Red Bull boss could not trust him to not go to the limit and Marko has said something similar, stating that “we all know Max.”

“We all know Max,” he said, as reported by Auto Motor und Sport reporter Tobi Grüner. “First he would have checked what the record was. Of course he wouldn’t want to beat that just by a second.

“Those cars aren’t suited for chasing records. It’s too dangerous.”

The current record stands at 5:19.546 which was set by Timo Bernhard in a modified Porsche 919 Hybrid EVO.

Verstappen did state that he had wanted to do the event but did not want to pick a fight with Red Bull leadership.

“I wanted to do it, but I was not allowed by Helmut,” Verstappen told reporters in Canada, as quoted by Motorsport.com.

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“He knew that I would try and go to the limits. I would have loved to do it.

“I didn’t want to start unnecessary issues. I heard this thing was coming up, and Helmut was sitting at the table when it came up, and he said: ‘No, no, no, you’re not doing that!’”

Vettel though, who retired from F1 last year, has been given the green light to take part and will do so in a modified version of the RB7 that is capable of running on carbon-neutral, synthetic e-fuel.

“Motorsport is my passion,” Vettel said. “It’s vital to me to demonstrate that racing cars can perform equally well and rapidly on synthetic, such as CO2-neutral fuel. This is no longer a future concept; it’s happening right now.”