In the immediate future, clearly, Ferrari has other concerns to direct its attention to, primarily regarding the contractual situation of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. But who knows, in a more or less distant future, Max Verstappen might also come into the Prancing Horse’s radar. The Dutch driver is, of course, heavily tied to Red Bull at least until 2028, but we know well how contracts in Formula 1 can mean everything and nothing.
Max Verstappen in Ferrari in the future: Fred Vasseur’s response
“I believe that if the same question were posed to the ten Team Principals on the grid, all would answer that they would be pleased to have him on the team,” said the manager from France, echoing the words reported by motorsport.
“Max has a contract with Red Bull until 2028. We have to focus on ourselves not to lose energy and work on our own things, thinking about who is in the team. It is not just a matter of drivers; you have to look at the whole. So, as of today, it is not something we need to discuss. But I also say: never say never.” – the Ferrari team principal pointed.
The Dutch driver has been the real determining factor this year, allowing Red Bull to make a massive difference compared to the competition. Just consider that, solely based on the points accumulated in the 22 races, Verstappen could have won the constructors’ title alone, and by a wide margin.
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“Surely, if we look at the results, the 2023 season without Verstappen would have been completely different,” adds Fred Vasseur, commenting on the incredible season of the number 1 compared to what Sergio Perez has shown. Max is part of the game, of a team, developing a car. We cannot separate the potential of a car from that of a driver. I will never do that.” – the Ferrari team boss concluded.
During the lunch with journalists, the Frenchman also provided an update on the contract situations of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, stating that the Maranello team’s goal is to renew both by the end of the year.