Verstappen at Le Mans? Yes, please!

Mark Scott
Max Verstappen is hoping for plenty of overtaking in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen is hoping for plenty of overtaking in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is hoping to hold talks with Max Verstappen with a view to him joining their Le Mans driver line-up in future.

Verstappen is no stranger to endurance racing having recently been part of the winning Team Redline line-up to win the virtual 24 Hours of Spa.

The Dutchman has also said he would be open to racing in the iconic Le Mans race alongside his father, Jos, and Palmer is very keen on turning that dream into a reality.

“Philosophically or theoretically I’d love to have him involved [at Le Mans],” Palmer told Autosport.

“He’s not formally involved but it’s not ruled out either. That’s a conversation to be had in the future. But wouldn’t it be great?”

Aston Martin, Red Bull’s title sponsor, will be entering its Adrian Newey-designed Valkyrie hypercar into the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2021 as part of their inclusion into the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The Valkyrie recently completed its first public outing at Silverstone and Palmer is excited about the continued collaboration with Red Bull.

“We’ve got momentum now, we know where we’re heading. And if you get little successes they turn into big successes and into huge successes,” Palmer added.

“Then somehow things just start to happen. Think about the [British Grand Prix] weekend – you’ve got Red Bull, Max Verstappen, we shouldn’t ignore Pierre [Gasly] as he did a great job, you’ve got Daniel Craig and 007, Aston Martin, all in one space.

“Imagine trying to orchestrate all that a few years ago. That would have been something impossible.

“And the cherry on the cake is running the Valkyrie. These are things you look back on in your career and think ‘that was a day, wasn’t it!’.”

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