Max Verstappen has been linked with a move to Scuderia Ferrari but the Red Bull Racing driver is not planning to consider offers to leave his current team until his contract expires, according to recent reports from F1i.com.
The 19-year old Belgian-Dutch racing driver is arguably the best young talent in Formula 1 at present, but this season he has been unable to show that out on track so far, given Red Bull’s pace, which has been surprisingly poor. On the other hand Scuderia Ferrari have emerged as championship contenders alongside rivals Mercedes and as Red Bull have fallen off the pace, rumours have appeared regarding the future of Max Verstappen in Formula One.
Both current Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, have contracts which are available only until the end of the 2017 Formula 1 season. Obviously the Maranello team will do everything possible to try to sign a new deal with Sebastian Vettel and the positive start of the season, with two wins from the first five races for the German driver, offers reason for hopes when it comes to Seb’s future alongside Ferrari. However, for Kimi Raikkonen this could be the last season with the Italian team, given the Finnish driver’s age and the current results, with only one podium finish this year. 2018 could mark spectacular moves in Formula One, which has led to speculation about Max Verstappen’s future and the possibility of joining Ferrari. A scenario that for the moment does not seem likely to happen.
Earlier this month Helmut Marko, current advisor to the Red Bull Formula One Teams and head of Red Bull’s driver development program, has made it clear that Max Verstappen will not be switching to Scuderia Ferrari any time soon as there is no performance clause in his contract which would allow Ferrari to terminate his current deal with the Austrian team: “If we do not release him, he cannot switch to Ferrari.” – Helmut Marko explained.