‘Verstappen/Leclerc pairing would create difficulties’

Date published: September 17 2019

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Although his father says Max Verstappen is on the market in 2021, Ferrari will not attempt to sign him as Charles Leclerc’s team-mate as Mattia Binotto says it would create “difficulties”.

Verstappen and Leclerc are two of Formula 1’s hottest properties at the moment, the only drivers aside from the Mercedes pairing to have won races this year, two apiece.

But while Leclerc is locked down in a multi-year deal with Ferrari, Verstappen has just one, 2020, to go on his current Red Bull contract.

Already his father, Jos, has stated that everything is open for 2021.

“The most important thing is that we get a car with which Max can compete for the title,” he recently told Ziggo Sport.

It is thought that Mercedes are the front-runners for his signature given Jos’ close relationship with Merc motorsport boss Toto Wolff.

And while most teams would be delighted to sign Verstappen, Ferrari have already ruled it out saying it would be one too many number ‘1’ drivers.

“I came up at the time of Michael Schumacher, when Rubens Barrichello or Felipe Massa was next to him,” InsideRacing.com reports him as having told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I think we should have a great first driver and another driver who can win races and score points. Something like Hamilton and Bottas.

“Two drivers together like Max and Charles creates difficulties for the management of the team.”

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