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Verstappen Stays at Red Bull Till 2020

The Red Bull Formula One Team confirmed on Friday just before the first Free Practice session for the United States Grand Prix that Max Verstappen has agreed to extend his contract at the team till 2020.

Verstappen, who took his first victory in F1 with the Red Bull team in 2016, was on the radar of Mercedes and quite possibly Ferrari since he was out of contract at the end of 2019. It was also seen that Verstappen would hold the key to the 2019 driver market. Since he has been taken out of the equation it does not make things less interesting. There is still another Red Bull driver in the form of Daniel Ricciardo who has not renewed his contract with the team and who is on the market.

“Red Bull has always shown their faith and belief in me with actions; inviting me in to the young driver programme as a 16-year-old, then giving me my start in Formula One when I was just 17, and then the opportunity to race with Red Bull Racing where I had such a dream start with this team,” said Verstappen.

“They have always backed me and my ambition and I know we share that ambition.

“Their support, from the guys and girls in the factory through to the crew in the garage, no matter what plays out on the race track, has always been 100 per cent.

“We’ve also had some fun times! I’m very happy to commit further to Red Bull Racing and I’m looking forward to working together to enjoy more success in the years to come.”

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner:

“We are delighted that Max has agreed to extend his contract with Red Bull Racing.

“We had a phenomenal start together in Spain last year and Max has only pushed on from there.

“It was a great moment for the whole team to see him put the frustrations of this season behind him in taking that fantastic victory in Malaysia last month.

He is pure racer, with an undeniable talent at the wheel and a rare instinct for what it takes to compete consistently at this level.

“Coupled with a committed work ethic and a mature approach to learning his craft that belies his years, Max is right to be hungry for success and we are looking forward to extending that journey with him in our hunt for Formula One World Championships.

“As we now look to the long term with Max he is in the best place in the sport to build a team around him to deliver our shared ambition.”

About Ritesh K Bhana

Ritesh likes to think he is a true Tifosi, but he still remains fair to other teams. He supports two other teams which are not Red Bull and McLaren. Follow Ritesh on twitter @Humanshield_1

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