Then comes the even more important sentence that Marko speaks at Servus TV in the presence and in the direction of Max Verstappen: “He is a charismatic team boss who, by the way, wants to extend his contract until 2026 before you do.”
The scenario is reminiscent of the beginning of 2011. At that time, shortly after the first world title of a certain Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull extended the contract with chief technician Adrian Newey and other important engineers until 2014 – and shortly afterwards with Vettel himself Pre-season tests 2011 the new contract was announced.
It does not seem that we are quite that far with Verstappen. The Dutchman is managed by Raymond Vermeulen on behalf of his father Jos. Verstappen himself was exuberant after winning the title in Abu Dhabi: “Can we continue doing this for the next ten to 15 years?”
Helmut Marko can only smile about that at the moment: “His words have not yet reached his own management team. We are discussing this at the moment. “
Verstappen’s current contract runs until 2023. But at Red Bull you are sure to be able to old the child prodigy even longer. Horner speaks, as he already said at Vettel back then: “It’s not always just about contracts, but about relationships. Max joined the team as a boy and he has grown into a young man. The relationship we share, the trust we place in one another is worth more than any piece of paper. “
The Brit continued: “I’m looking forward to racing with Max for many years to come, and I think the best years are still ahead of us.”
Without his management behind the neck, the newly crowned world champion even returns the declaration of love. “It feels like family,” says Verstappen. “I am very happy where I am. I can be myself and that is really important. It’s not just about Formula 1, we can also have fun and laugh, which is also important. “
But the Austrian beverage manufacturer is already known for honoring successes such as Verstappen’s world championship title. The early extension to 2026 is therefore only a matter of time and money …