Verstappen not prepared to fall down F1 grid

DECEMBER 11, 2019

Verstappen not prepared to fall down F1 grid

Max Verstappen, Abu Dhabi GP 2019
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Max Verstappen says he will not accept a move down the grid in order to extend his Formula 1 career.

The 22-year-old Dutchman is regarded as a title contender for 2020 with Red Bull-Honda, and has been linked with potential moves to Mercedes or Ferrari for 2021.

Bt he says the actual length of his career depends on performance.

"In our sport there are clear differences between the cars," Verstappen told Ziggo Sport.

"Now that I have gotten used to racing at the front, I don't feel like going backwards later in my career."

Indeed, when asked if he sees the 40-year-old Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen as a potential model for his own future, Verstappen insisted: "No."

Verstappen is reportedly in the running to be crowned The Netherlands' athlete of the year, but the 8-time grand prix winner says he is not interested.

"I don't want to talk about it. I don't need all of that," he said.

"I win in Formula 1 and do not like comparisons with other sports."

What he is looking forward to is next year's first Dutch GP since 1985.

"I am not involved in the reconstruction of the circuit because it's not very interesting to me, but in general it will remain the same," he said, referring to Zandvoort.

"There will be some banking and some sections will be wider, but it's still Zandvoort."

(GMM)

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