Max Verstappen gives verdict on quitting Red Bull to win with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes

Max Verstappen is currently embroiled in a close-fought race with the two Ferrari drivers for third spot in this year’s F1 Drivers’ Championship.

The Dutchman has won two races this season and finished on the podium five other times.

He has vastly out-performed Red Bull team-mate Alexander Albon – who joined the team late in the year from Toro Rosso – and has scored 84 points this season compared to Verstappen’s 235.

The 22-year-old has been slightly held back this year by the performance of the Red Bull car this season, and has been tipped to leave the team at the earliest opportunity.

Earlier this season it was speculated that Verstappen had a clause in his contract allowing him to leave after just one season, but the youngster has now dismissed any chances of him leaving.

The Dutchman insists he wants to stay at Red Bull and challenge the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc going forward.

“I really want to win with Red Bull,” he said.

“I really feel at home, which I think is also very important for a driver — that you feel appreciated.”

This season, Verstappen was forced to sit back and watch as Hamilton ran away with his sixth World Championship.

But the 22-year-old remains confident that he will be able to properly challenge the Brit in the future.

“He’s getting older, so for sure it will stop at one point,” Verstappen said of Hamilton.

“It’s just going to depend on the team, to be honest. It’s not going to depend on Lewis.

“If Mercedes keeps building really dominant cars, for sure he’s going to win.

“So we just have to make sure as a team that we can beat them.”

The F1 season continues on Sunday with the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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