Having had an amazing 2019 season, Max Verstappen has signed a new contract with Red Bull, keeping him at the team until 2023.
The 22-year-old Dutchman’s deal was due to expire this year, and he had been earmarked as a potential candidate to replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes if the six-time world champion, also out of contract at the end of the season, moves to Ferrari.
This has all now been put to bed after Max Verstappen who has won 8 different grand prixs decided to put pen to paper for a new deal keeping him at Red Bull till 2023
Verstappen’s move to continue his relationship with Red Bull follows Charles Leclerc signing a five-year contract extension with Ferrari last month and it is also believed that Honer didn’t want to risk losing another brilliant driver after he lost Daniel Ricciardo to Renault last season.
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Verstappen, who finished third in the championship last season, said: ‘I am really happy to have extended my partnership with the team.
‘Red Bull believed in me and gave me the opportunity to start in Formula One which I have always been very grateful for.
‘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 team principal Christian Horner added: ‘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.’
Having been teamed up with two different drivers in Pierre Gasly and later on with Alex Albon, Max Verstappen managed to put up some incredible performances in 2019 season most notable being Hungary and Germany.
Verstappen will even have more drive next season knowing that he will be driving in his own hometown after the Netherlands Grand Prix was brought back into the Formula One Calendar.
So can stability of drivers give Christian Horner and Red bull a real fighting chance in the 2020 formula One Campaign? Will they be able to oust reigning champion Lewis Hamilton? Or will it be a case of fighting against Ferrari yet again for 2nd place?
Author: Moses Echodu
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