Verstappen’s Exit Clause Not Linked to F1 Title Win: Marko

Published 05/17/2021, 6:36 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen talks with team principal Christian Horner after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Red Bull Racing have been on the upward trajectory over the past couple of F1 seasons. And that has ultimately led them to a championship battle against an unstoppable Mercedes AMG. Now, with the team destined for a title, their hopes of beating the Stuttgart outfit rests on the flying Dutchman, Max Verstappen.

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At least, it initially looked like Verstappen could finally steal the title from Lewis Hamilton and end the latter’s domination.

But, considering the sound comeback from Mercedes since the second race in Imola, the target yet again seems a bit too far-fetched for the Milton Keynes outfit.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium with a trophy after finishing second in the race REUTERS/Albert Gea

So, what if Red Bull fail to keep up with the ever-rising Mercedes, and deny Verstappen his first world championship trophy this season? Will the Dutchman consider looking for other options, possibly using any of the clauses in his contract?

Well, Red Bull’s advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko, has the answer to this question. While rumors swirled around that Verstappen could head out of Red Bull if the team fails to offer him a championship-winning-worthy car in 2021, the 78-year-old rejected such stories.

What did the Red Bull F1 advisor say?

Speaking to Motorsport-Magazin, the Austrian clarified that winning the title this season is quite important for Verstappen and Red Bull. However, when viewed from the perspective of contractual clauses, Marko revealed that it doesn’t matter for the team nor their star driver.

In the process, he also took a dig at McLaren‘s boss, who earlier this season, predicted that Verstappen will switch to Mercedes by the 2022 season.

Among other things, there is the Zak Brown specialist [laughs]. That doesn’t matter in the contractual situation. But of course, it’s important,” he said. (Translated from German)

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

It has been driving for a relatively long time and has always driven with inferior material. Now it’s got better thanks to Honda. Ferrari had a high too, but there were other reasons for that. In the hybrid era, the Mercedes engine was otherwise absolutely dominant.”

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Overall, the ongoing title fight is immensely vital for Red Bull. Reason? This looks like a fairly rare opportunity for Red Bull, having played a second fiddle to Mercedes since 2014.

Hence, the Austrian outfit are likely to give their everything in the hope of winning a trophy in return. So, will they succeed in the pursuit of ending Mercedes‘ reign?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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