Max Verstappen & His Exit Clause: Here’s How He Can Join Mercedes or Ferrari F1

February 13, 2021 9:29 pm

Max Verstappen is Red Bull’s golden boy and they would like to keep behind the wheel for as long as they can. He is extremely talented, and if the team are unable to match his strength and fight, he can choose to move on.

Apparently, his contract has a release clause in his contract that he can be triggered if the Milton-Keynes team isn’t competitive enough.

Verstappen’s contract does see him with the team till 2023, but if they fail to perform to his expectations, he is free to leave the team and take his talent elsewhere, driving for other top teams in the grid.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

A shot at the top for Max Verstappen

Ferrari and Mercedes are the only teams that Max can approach for a seat in F1, if he chooses to do so. However, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc sees himself in the Ferrari’s seat till the year 2024, so that could make things complicated for the 23-year-old.

Therefore, Mercedes would be the only option left for the Dutchman, since the contracts of both their drivers, Hamilton and Bottas, expire after the 2021 season.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on during the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Cooler Runnings event at Station Pier, Port Melbourne ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, who has kept his eyes on the young talent, said, “We had several meetings with Jos and Max. He is certainly a great talent, but we would not and could not guarantee him a seat with us in Formula One.

“So I advised them to accept the offer from Red Bull.”

Red Bull’s last chance

Red Bull breathed a sigh of relief after the engine freeze was introduced this week, meaning that the team could run Honda engines till 2022. This the chance that Red Bull has to prove to Verstappen that they are still a fighting force in the championship.

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – JULY 27: Second place qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

If the 2020 season is considered, then Red Bull definitely has a chance to be at the front of the grid and put up a considerable title challenge. But if that doesn’t happen, where do you think should Verstappen take his talents if he leaves Red Bull?

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Arpit Gomes

Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza. When he's not writing about F1 or watching Drive to Survive, Arpit can be found producing documentary films.

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