Max Verstappen has said he is remaining “focused on the project” at Red Bull amid more talk about a potential exit.
The Dutchman is finding himself hitting the proverbial glass ceiling in Formula 1 with Red Bull continuing to be adrift of both Mercedes and Ferrari.
And, with strong evidence to show that Verstappen is a future World Champion in-the-making, questions about his future are never too far away.
His father, Jos, has made it no secret just how ambitious his son is, while Max himself is not content with his current predicament.
“Great,” a smiling Verstappen said sarcastically when reminded in the FIA Drivers’ press conference in Austria that he has five P4 finishes so far this season.
“But I wouldn’t call it frustrating. It’s not like I’m miles off, whether it’s a Mercedes or Ferrari I am not that far away.
“We just need to keep pushing hard to get more performance out of the car and the engine.
“We are clearly lacking on both sides but I try to make the best out of it.
“But I’m not here to be fourth and it’s not nice to just keep driving around in this spot, always missing out. It’s just how it is at the moment.”
Later in the press conference, Verstappen was quizzed about how itchy his feet were getting in regards to moving elsewhere in his pursuit of World Championship silverware.
It does not appear to be happening any time soon…
“To be honest, I think it’s just important to see what the team bring in the upcoming races,” Verstappen said when asked if he could see himself leaving Red Bull as early as next season if he does not get the results he wants.
“I’m not too worried about what’s going to happen next year or even beyond that. At the moment, I just want to focus on this project because I still think there is a lot of potential and we’re just get started.
“But, like I said, of course I don’t want to keep driving until I’m 35 just for fourth, so we’ll see.”