Max Verstappen is looking for a way out of Red Bull at the end of next season with the Dutchman eyeing up a 2019 Ferrari race-seat.
The 19-year-old has endured a frustrating start to this year’s championship with his efforts blighted by reliability issues.
This hit a sour note in Baku when he retired while challenging for a podium finish, his fourth DNF of the season, while his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo went on to win the grand prix.
As such Verstappen is looking to move on from Red Bull.
That, though, can only happen at the end of the 2018 season after Red Bull have made it abundantly clear that Verstappen is “100 per cent” contracted to the team for next season.
According to both Marca and The Independent, the youngest is “looking to join Ferrari” come 2019 with the latter reporting that it is a matter of “when, not if” Verstappen heads to Maranello.