Priestley on Verstappen: 'I don't think he's going anywhere else anytime soon'
By Srihari HS 20 May 2020 | 14:15
Marc Priestley expects Max Verstappen to continue racing at Red Bull Racing for a long time. According to the former McLaren engineer, it would be too expensive for the other teams to get the Red Bull driver away from the Austrians.
"He just signed a long-term contract with Red Bull, so I don't think he's going anywhere else anytime soon," Priestley said in a video on YouTube. Verstappen signed an extended contract with Red Bull, which means he will probably be active for the team until 2023.
The only way it could possibly go wrong is if Honda decides to end the Formula 1 project. His contract presumably contains a clause that would free him from the Red Bull contract if the Japanese engine maker departs from the series.
Verstappen does not want to leave
According to the Brit, Verstappen does not want to leave his current employer. Just before the coronavirus crisis hit, Verstappen signed a new deal, so his salary will be fixed in the coming years: "He makes a huge amount of money with that contract."
"It also becomes so expensive for another team to buy out his clauses. I don't see it happen that another team buys the Dutchman away from Red Bull," Priestley concluded. Another team has to pay a massive amount of money to force Verstappen's early departure from Red Bull. (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)
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