According to Dutch professional racing driver Tom Coronel, Ferrari should go to great lengths to snatch Max Verstappen from Red Bull in the near future, securing what appears to be, without a shadow of a doubt, the best driver on the grid, at least for the moment. After clinching the world championship in 2021 and 2022, the Dutch driver has achieved the ultimate recognition this season, overpowering the competition and, most notably, his teammate, displaying unparalleled consistency.
Coronel suggests: What if Ferrari one day secured Max Verstappen from Red Bull?
“If I were the team principal of Ferrari, I would immediately call Max Verstappen’s management,” said the Dutch driver to Formule1.nl. “I would hand him a blank check on which he can write the annual amount, as long as Max wears a red suit.”
“The company would almost go bankrupt,” the Dutchman added with a smile, “but if you want to win, this is simply the only option.”
According to Tom Coronel, then, the only option Ferrari would have to end the son of Jos’s dominance would be to take possession of his performance, thereby weakening the team in Milton Keynes.
The Verstappen-Red Bull combination has proven in the last three years to be a perfect machine, and anyone who has tried to get in the way or even intimidate Max has not fared well. Cases like Alexander Albon, Pierre Gasly, and even Sergio Perez, although he can still be considered “safe” from potential surprises, are testament to this.
“Everyone wants to work with Verstappen,” Tom Coronel continues. “Because they know that working with Max means winning races. They also want success and involvement with him, so I think it would work well.”
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“You’re truly a successful driver only if you win the title with Ferrari. I don’t want to diminish Max’s success in any way, because he’ll break all the records. He’s more than special, and all the evidence has already been provided; there’s no need to talk about it anymore. But if you wear a red Ferrari suit, you’re not just an F1 driver, you’re at the next level.”
The Dutchman announced a massive renewal with the Anglo-Austrian team until 2028 last year. Although we know how Formula 1 contracts are often bypassed, it is currently inconceivable to think of a divorce between the two parties before that date.