Max Verstappen has insisted he is happy at Red Bull, and believes he is ready to challenge Lewis Hamilton for the F1 Drivers’ Championship. The Dutch star has been tentatively linked with a move to Ferrari at the end of his contract.
The youngster will be out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the upcoming season, as will Lewis Hamilton.
It has been suggested that one of them will replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari, with the German heading back to Red Bull if it is Verstappen who leaves.
But throughout the speculation, the 22-year-old has remained loyal to Red Bull and downplayed any talks he will walk out on the team he has been with since 2016.
Over the weekend, he insisted he is happy with life at the Austrian team.
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“I am really positive,” Verstappen said.
“I feel well within Red Bull, and everything goes really well and that is the most important in the end.
“We all want to win together.”
Verstappen finished third in the Drivers’ Championship this season after a stellar campaign.
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Despite Red Bull not having the pace of the Mercedes car, the Dutchman put in a good effort to finish closest to Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
He won three races and secured six other podiums as he kept the pace to the two runaway leaders.
But next year, he wants to close the gap even further and challenge Hamilton and Bottas from the get-go.
“We hope to be able to compete for the world championship straight from the beginning of the season,” he continued.
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“But of course I wanted to win more races last year.
“We all want more in the team.
“In 2019 my win in Spielberg was the most beautiful. Everything just came together there.
“It was the first win for Honda and there were also so many Dutch fans.”
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