Horner says Ferrari or Mercedes won’t tempt Max

Max Verstappen will not switch to Ferrari or Mercedes anytime soon according to Red Bull’s boss Christian Horner.

This season has not been good for Max Verstappen. Reliability issues have forced him to retire from five out of seven races in the first half of the season.

Although the Dutch driver has grown increasingly frustrated with the lack of reliability in the Red Bull cars, Horner is confident that Verstappen knows he is exactly where he needs to be to get into the world championship

Talking to Motorsport, he said, “I don’t think so. I think he can see what’s going on,”

“He’s impatient like any youngster but he’s objective enough to know that there’s good stuff in the pipeline.

“And from where we started the season to where we are now, the trajectory has been right there as soon as we sorted out the issues with correlation from earlier in the year. We’ve seen very sharp progress.”

Verstappen’s deal with Red Bull ends in 2019 and Horner has already made it clear that both his top drivers are off limits for enquiries from other teams. He also knows what has to happen to keep the Dutchman engaged.

“What’s reflected on a piece of paper has to reflect desire from both sides,” he warned.

“There’s no point talking past the end of Max’s current contract at the moment because it’s down to us to provide him with a car that he can compete and win in.

“And I’m sure if we do that, I don’t think there’s any other team that Max would rather be in.”

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