Dutch professional racing driver Tom Coronel believes that Max Verstappen could join Scuderia Ferrari in the future and points out that if he were to leave Red Bull before his current long-term contract expires, he would do so only for the Maranello team, not Mercedes.
There are not many Formula 1 drivers that have spent their full career with just a single team, especially drivers which have managed to win several world champions.
Jim Clark remains the only Formula 1 driver to have secured a minimum of two F1 world championships and raced for just one side during his entire career: however, the British Formula 1 racing driver from Scotland, who won two World Championships in 1963 and 1965, could only spend eight years in the sport before his tragic death.
Despite being just 25-years-old, Max Verstappen has already spent eight seasons with the Austrian side, who promoted him to the main team at the age of only 17, thanks to his impressive performances for Scuderia Toro Rosso, Red Bull’s second team.
The Dutchman was asked several times about the prospect of racing only for Red Bull during his Formula 1 career and each time he replied that he would like to remain with the Milton Keynes-based team until the end of his career. Speculation during 2021, while Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were involved in a very intense battle for the title, that the Dutchman would be in favour of a switch to Mercedes, which had been dominated the sport for many years.
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Yet Tom Coronel feels there is now too much bad blood between the Max Verstappen and Mercedes for the two parties to work together in the future: “He will never race there again, never again. There is such a blemish… I know the family very well,” – the Dutch professional racing driver explained, in a discussion for the RN365 F1 podcast.
“Straight is straight, crooked is crooked. There is no grey area with the Verstappen family. That hurt him so, so much. It wasn’t so chic, that last year as it has been. They had a good relationship with Toto Wolff, but it has not been nice during the season. Then they are also principled and it is a ‘no’.”
But Tim Coronel thinks that the prospect of joining the historic Italian side before ending his Formula 1 career will prove too big to miss for Max Verstappen:
“But Ferrari on the other hand… then I think 49 per cent is even low. Suppose it is immediately 2028, then Max has been in Red Bull service since 2015. One year at Toro Rosso and the rest at Red Bull. Then you have been with the same team for more than fifteen years. Can it be something else? Well, maybe even before then. As a driver you always want to have raced at Ferrari. You want two things: make it to Formula One and you want to drive for Ferrari. If you have driven for Ferrari as a Formula One driver, then it comes full circle. Then everything is done, been successful. I know you don’t want to be in Ferrari now, I understand that, but just look: all champions go to Ferrari. Then it is often just nothing, except in the Michael Schumacher era of course, but with Sebastian Vettel it is like nothing turned out, Jean Alesi just got nothing… As a driver you just want to have driven in that car. That’s just a dream. It’s in the head of every kart driver.” – Tim Coronel concluded.
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