Max Verstappen wants to copy Alonso as Red Bull learn retirement date

Max Verstappen makes subtle dig at Lewis Hamilton in April

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Max Verstappen has hinted he could walk away from F1 at the end of his current Red Bull deal to pursue other interests in motorsport. The Dutchman has previously suggested he could leave at the end of his bumper contract in 2028 but has appeared to double down on the suggestion in a new interview.

Verstappen has now revealed he would like to compete in other racing series after F1, including following Fernando Alonso into the Le Mans 24 Hours. The Spaniard won the race two years running in 2018 and 2019 during his time away from F1.

Alonso also competed in the Indianapolis 500 after leaving McLaren’s F1 squad in a bid to win motorsport’s triple crown, only held by Graham Hill. According to Ouest-France, Verstappen said: “If Fernando goes there, he will want to fight for victory in a competitive car, and I am exactly the same.

“Formula One is a lot of fun, I’m very successful there at the moment. But I would like to try something else. My contract with Red Bull runs until 2028, when I will be 31. I will probably be competitive for a few years after that. But during these years, I want to live other experiences, have a little more fun with less pressure and also with a less tight schedule.”

Leaving at the end of 2028 would make his exit a lot earlier than many of his fellow world champions. Sebastian Vettel walked away at the end of 2022 but is currently 35 years old.

Meanwhile, Jenson Button was 36 when he walked away while Lewis Hamilton continues to race at 37. Nico Rosberg is the only recent world champion to have retired so young after he quit Mercedes at 31.

Verstappen’s comments come after Alonso suggested he would like to team up with the reigning champion for the famous French endurance race. Alonso told De Telegraaf: “I know Max wants to do some endurance one day and I know he’d like to do the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Alonso told De Telegraaf: “I know Max wants to do some endurance one day and I know he’d like to do the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“I’m certainly open to doing that together. I think we should give the idea a chance if we can drive for a competitive team. His father for Le Mans? At the moment, I prefer Max. But I also have a lot of respect for Jos. He could develop the role of team principal!”

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