Max Verstappen has said he has “no intention of ever leaving” Red Bull and could continue racing in Formula 1 until he is 40.
The Dutchman has already pledged his long-term future to Red Bull having signed a brand-new contract until the end of 2023 back in January.
However, it appears Verstappen is looking even further beyond that as he continues on his quest for World Championship glory.
“Yes, I want to stay with Red Bull and I have no intention of ever leaving,” Verstappen is quoted as having told Dutch broadcaster Radio 538.
“If I continue to properly monitor myself, stay fit and look after my body, I can continue until I am 40.
Verstappen also said that he has been keeping himself very fit during the lockdown period as he never truly knew when he would be back racing again, so better to be always prepared.
He added: “It’s a pity that so many races were cancelled, but in this situation everyone is trying to do what they can.
“My coach is here in Monaco so I have no particular difficulties.
“I have maintained the necessary fitness because you never know when you need to be ready to drive.”
Red Bull’s motorsport advisor, Dr Helmut Marko, has also revealed that Verstappen has been keeping the cobwebs away too by driving on actual race tracks as well as virtual ones.
“The esports world he lived in during the shutdown is not the real thing, although he really enjoyed it,” Marko told Osterreich newspaper.
“He has now driven on real race tracks with private cars, he’s in good physical condition and is hungry to finally get started,” Marko added.