19-year-old Belgian-Dutch racing driver Max Verstappen remains committed to Red Bull Racing despite his torrid run of form during the 2017 Formula One season, according to his manager Raymond Vermeulen, but the teenagers patience could run out if the performance issues continue and Red Bull wil not improve in the second part of the championship, although Raymond Vermeulen denied the fact that Scuderia Ferrari could sign him ahead of the 2018 Formula One season.
The Dutchman has retired from fifth of the opening eleven races of the 2017 season and has only one podium finish in that time, as he currently sits fifty points behind team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who has five podiums including a win at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, a race in which Max Verstappen was forced to retire due to another engine issue.
There has been speculation regarding the possibility of Max Verstappen jumping ship and moving to Scuderia Ferrari for the next F1 championship, but Raymond Vermeulen insists he will remain a Red Bull driver, despite admitting the fact that his future may depend on the team becoming a lot more competitive with fewer issues with reliability: “Ever since Max made his debut, there was always interest. Other teams were ready to offer him a contract, but we want to win with Red Bull Racing. Red Bull considers Max their star and will not sell him. We do not have any specific deadlines for Red Bull, but it is important that Max continues to achieve success. I am still confident in the progress of the team, because Red Bull Racing has won four Formula One world championships together with Renault, but it must be understood that our patience is not unlimited.” – Raymond Vermeulen recently said, as reported on Wednesday by Dutch publication Formule 1.
Max Verstappen’s current contract with Red Bull Racing is available until the end of the 2019 Formula One season and Red Bull team boss Christian Horner also recently confirmed that the constant rumours connecting the 19-year-old Belgian-Dutch driver with Scuderia Ferrari are not true: “I am convinced that once we succeed there will be no team for which he would rather drive. While already at a high level, Max has the same desire to get more and more out of himself and I am sure we will provide him with the perfect opportunities to succeed.” – Team Principal of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team concluded.