Verstappen commits long-term future to Red Bull

Mark Scott
Max Verstappen satisfied with podium finish

Verstappen satisfied with podium finish

Max Verstappen has committed his long-term future to Red Bull having agreed a contract extension until the end of the 2023 season.

Verstappen’s prior deal expired at the end of the 2020 season, but he has put pen to paper on a new three-year contract and ended speculation once again of a potential move to Mercedes.

The Dutchman cited his close connection with Red Bull and has been left encouraged by the progress made between Red Bull and Honda in their first year together.

“I am really happy to have extended my partnership with the team,” Verstappen said upon confirmation.

“Red Bull believed in me and gave me the opportunity to start in Formula 1 which I have always been very grateful for.

“Over the years I have grown closer and closer with the team and besides the passion from everyone and the on-track performance it is also really enjoyable to work with such a great group of people.

“Honda coming onboard and the progress we have made over the last 12 months gives me even more motivation and the belief that we can win together.

“I respect the way Red Bull and Honda work together and from all sides everyone is doing what they can to succeed.

“I want to win with Red Bull and our goal is of course to fight for a World Championship together.”

Red Bull boss, Christian Horner, added: “It is fantastic news for the team to have extended our agreement with Max up-to and including the 2023 season.

“With the challenge of the 2021 regulation changes on the horizon continuity in as many areas as possible is key.

“Max has proven what an asset he is to the team, he truly believes in the partnership we have forged with our engine supplier Honda, and we are delighted to have extended our relationship with him.”

Verstappen joins another big name in Charles Leclerc in committing their long-term future to their current teams, having signed a new deal with Ferrari over the festive period.

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