Max Verstappen refuses to rule out leaving Red Bull and makes Lewis Hamilton admission

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MAX VERSTAPPEN gained his maiden F1 title with Crimson Bull final season.

Max Verstappen makes refined dig at Lewis Hamilton

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Max Verstappen has refused to rule out leaving Crimson Bull when his present deal involves an finish. And the Dutchman admits his title battle with Charles Leclerc is completely different to the one he had with Lewis Hamilton final 12 months as a result of the drivers assault and defend in a different way.

“On the finish of the contract I’m solely 31 years outdated,” Verstappen stated to the newest version of motorsport-magazin. “Then I nonetheless have the choice to proceed or not. I nonetheless gained’t be outdated on the finish of the contract interval.”

Earlier this 12 months, Verstappen signed a brand new cope with Crimson Bull value a staggering £40million-a-year as he dedicated his future to the Austrian workforce till 2028. However his feedback present that he might be open to transferring to Crimson Bull rivals Ferrari and Mercedes additional down the road.

Verstappen landed his maiden F1 title final season after successful a final-lap shootout with Hamilton on the season-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. However this time round, Verstappen has a brand new adversary within the form of Ferrari ace Leclerc. And the 24-year-old admits his battle for achievement this season isn’t enjoying out the identical means because it did final 12 months.

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Max Verstappen refuses to rule out leaving Red Bull and makes Lewis Hamilton admission

Max Verstappen has refused to rule out leaving Crimson Bull when his present deal involves an finish (Picture: GETTY)

“After all each driver is a bit completely different,” Verstappen continued. “Totally different in how he defends and the way he assaults. That’s why you strategy each driver somewhat bit in a different way.”

Verstappen endured a gradual begin to the present F1 season as he was compelled out of the opening race in Bahrain with just some laps remaining resulting from energy points together with his Crimson Bull automobile. He additionally failed to complete on the Australian Grand Prix. However the famous person has gained the opposite three Grands Prix as he tasted glory in Saudi Arabia in March, earlier than successful back-to-back races in Italy and Miami.

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Max Verstappen refuses to rule out leaving Red Bull and makes Lewis Hamilton admission

The 2022 F1 season continues in Spain this weekend (Picture: EXPRESS)

And Verstappen beforehand hinted he’s assured of having fun with a profitable season if Crimson Bull can resolve their automobile points for good. “It was an unimaginable Grand Prix,” the ace stated after successful in Miami. “Very bodily as properly, however I feel we saved it thrilling till the top. Extremely completely satisfied the successful right here in Miami. It was an unimaginable Sunday for us.

“We’re nonetheless having just a few points we’ve got to resolve. I imply we’re fast, however as you possibly can see, my Friday was horrible, , which isn’t nice if you wish to have a great weekend. And likewise Checo [Sergio Perez] had just a few points within the race, so we’ve got to be on prime of that. However clearly there may be lots of potential – we simply want to ensure it is dependable.”

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