Red Bull has discovered the clause in the contract, turned attention of Mercedes!
Reports emerging from Spain have claimed that Max Verstappen will be free to discuss a deal with Red Bull’s rivals if he does not win a race by the Hungarian Grand Prix. Red Bull have previously confirmed that Verstappen’s deal includes various performance clauses, which would allow him to leave if the team does not reach certain targets.
After taking a lonely fourth place in France last week, Verstappen demanded more power from Honda for the first time this year, with Helmut Marko echoing those calls, saying the Japanese marque needed to break from their tradition and take more risks.
And Marko’s comments can perhaps now be painted in a different light, with Spanish daily Marca claiming that Verstappen will be able to seek a deal elsewhere if he does not win in Austria, Great Britain, Germany or Hungary.
“Of course, I’m not here to be fourth. I want to win races. It’s not nice to drive around at this fourth spot, always just missing out – but that’s how it is at the moment.”
“I’m not too worried about what’s going to happen next year or even beyond that. At the moment I just want to focus on this project because I think there is still a lot of potential and we are just getting started. But like I said, of course, I don’t want to keep driving until I’m 35 for fourth.” – Verstappen said.