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Max Verstappen says he could retire from F1 after Red Bull contract, at 31: ‘I want to do other things’

F1 is unbelievable and I’ve achieved a lot… but it’s a lot of traveling and a lot of racing,” Max Verstappen told Sky Sports F1, double world champion Verstappen speaking before extending the record 15th win of the season at the Abu Dhabi GP

Last Update: 11/21/22 7:37 am

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As Formula One prepared to return to Abu Dhabi, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen recalled perhaps the most dramatic end to a season last year when he passed Lewis Hamilton on the last lap to win his first world title.

As Formula One prepared to return to Abu Dhabi, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen recalled perhaps the most dramatic end to a season last year when he passed Lewis Hamilton on the last lap to win his first world title.

Double Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen has reiterated that his current contract with Red Bull could be his last, saying sky sports You can retire at 31 because of the number of races and your desire to “do other things”

The 25-year-old Verstappen has just completed the most dominant season in F1 history – winning 15 of 22 races and easily securing his second straight title – with more records on the horizon given his age and ability.

However, the Dutchman refuses to commit to the sport beyond his current contract with Red Bull, which lasts until the 2028 season.

“I don’t know after that,” he said. Sky Sports F1 David Croft ahead of another victory at the Abu Dhabi GP. “But it probably also depends on how competitive we are in ’28.

“I still have time. I don’t want to make drastic decisions now.”

Formula 1 World Championship winner Max Verstappen reflects on his outstanding 15 victories this season, but says that

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Formula 1 World Championship winner Max Verstappen reflects on his outstanding 15 victories this season, but says “the goal is to be better.”

Formula 1 World Championship winner Max Verstappen reflects on his outstanding 15 victories this season, but says “the goal is to be better.”

Verstappen, who will be 31 when his contract ends, then admitted the reasons for those doubts.

“I want to do other things,” he said.

“F1 is amazing and I’ve achieved a lot, and I’m very happy and proud about it… but it’s a lot of traveling and a lot of racing. [F1 is set for a 24-race season in 2023].

“And at one point, which is more important? Is family more important or is F1 more important? That’s when you need to make a decision.”

Sebastian Vettel celebrated the end of his Formula 1 career with some donuts after the race in Abu Dhabi, while the top three in the championship also joined in on the fun!

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Sebastian Vettel celebrated the end of his Formula 1 career with some donuts after the race in Abu Dhabi, while the top three in the championship also joined in on the fun!

Sebastian Vettel celebrated the end of his Formula 1 career with some donuts after the race in Abu Dhabi, while the top three in the championship also joined in on the fun!

If Verstappen were to leave the sport early, he would buck the trend of modern drivers racing into their 30s and beyond.

Lewis Hamilton is still racing at 37 and looks likely to reach 40, while Fernando Alonso, already 41, will start a multi-year deal with Aston Martin next year. Michael Schumacher also returned to F1 at the age of 40.

Verstappen expects a “closer” 2023 season

Speaking after the Abu Dhabi GP, which he won at a canter from closest rival to the title, Charles Leclerc, Verstappen said he expects the 2023 season to be more closely fought.

Both Mercedes and Ferrari are expected to be more competitive compared to Red Bull, which will also have to deal with a loss of time in the wind tunnel due to its breach of the cost cap.

Highlights of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the Yas Marina Circuit.

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Highlights of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the Yas Marina Circuit.

Highlights of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the Yas Marina Circuit.

“I think it will be closer,” Verstappen said. “People are understanding the cars a lot more. And, yes, over time all the teams will get closer.”

“We know that through the winter, we really have to keep pushing and trying to find the performance and not just the performance, the understanding, possibly the tires even more, because the tires will change a bit for next year.

“So yeah, let’s see how we’re going to handle all of that.”

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