Christian Horner on Red Bull's success and hints at next step
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Max Verstappen is “done with everything” and is finding F1 “less exciting”, according to his father Jos. The Red Bull star had won the crown as early as October and picked up 15 race victories in a record-breaking campaign.
However, former Arrows driver Jos revealed Max’s true feelings after the latest win in Abu Dhabi. He told Viaplay: “He’s just a bit done with everything now. Especially when you have won the championship, then the pressure is off and it becomes less exciting.
“For Max, I think it was just important that he broke that record with those wins. I think that’s the most important thing.” But, Jos does not feel Red Bull will have it all their own way next season in the second year of the new regulations.
Verstappen and Hamilton took the championship battle down to the wire in 2021 with the Dutchman emerging on top.
Jos believes a repeat could be in store in 2023 which could keep Max focused on racing right until the end. Mercedes made steps in the right direction towards the end of the season with George Russell even winning in Brazil.
Jos added: “To be honest, I do think it will all be a bit closer next year – that is also the intention of these regulations. I don’t mind. Good battles on track and a good championship until the end would be fantastic.”
His comments raise suggestions that Verstappen is thinking about his F1 future after a difficult season off-track.
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The validity of his 2021 crown was questioned after it emerged Red Bull had broken F1’s budget cap rules last year. The 25-year-old also hit back after his family were abused on social media in the wake of ignoring team orders in Brazil.
Verstappen hinted he could be tempted to walk away from the sport after his current deal expires in six years. Speaking to Sky Sports F1, the reigning champion said: “That’s why I signed until 2028. Then I’m 31 years old, I don’t know after that if I’m going to continue in Formula One.
“But it also probably depends a little bit on how competitive we are in 2028. F1 is amazing and I’ve achieved a lot and I’m very happy and proud about it. But it’s a lot of travelling. It’s a lot of races and at what point, what is more important?
“Is family more important or is F1 more important, that is where you have to make your mind up.”
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