“I’d Rather Stay Home”: Scared of Competition, Max Verstappen Makes Shocking Admission on Red Bull Future

Published 08/19/2023, 4:05 AM EDT

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The dreaded day for the orange army and the highly-anticipated day for the fans of their rivals and the rest of the grid might come sooner than expected. Despite being hailed for his insane driving skills, Max Verstappen now seems to be scared of his competition. Even when the 2-time world champion was given a hypothetical situation, his shocking revelation on Red Bull’s possible incompetency has sent shivers down the spines of many.

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Though he has been loyal to Red Bull for the longest time and they have reciprocated, Verstappen has now resorted to giving warnings. Despite being the fastest car in today’s date, if the Milton Keynes outfit can no longer maintain performance in the future, the Dutchman has threatened to quit the team. The lack of support from the car would make Max Verstappen scared of his competition! Who would’ve thought that they would have lived long enough to hear this statement?

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In a recent interview, he was asked what he would do if Red Bull mess things up when the 2026 regulations kick in. “I don’t see myself spending three years in the midfield,” Verstappen told Dutch newspaper, Telegraaf, hinting at an early retirement.I’d rather stay home or do something else. But again, I don’t see that [RB not delivering] happening.”

This statement from him shows just how reliant he is on the mighty RB19. Surprisingly, this admission comes days after a former Red Bull driver predicted something along the same lines.

Max Verstappen’s revelations agree with Mark Webber’s prediction about his future in F1 with Red Bull

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Max Verstappen is so far ahead of his rivals in 2023. With him looking to match Sebastian Vettel’s record of 9 straight wins on his home soil at Zandvoort, he has thrust his way into the Hall of Fame. But Mark Webber believes that the day Red Bull loses its pace is the day the Dutchman’s dominance ends.

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“I think it’s really hard for people to understand this level of domination, how much work and effort goes into it,” 9-time Grand Prix winner Webber told F1.com. It’s only reliability [problems] that will stop it, I think.”

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Many experts and former racing drivers have lauded Verstappen for having exquisite synergy with his car. But now you know what will happen if the car itself gets reduced to a midfield one – an early retirement for the current championship leader and 2-time champion.

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