Verstappen may retire from F1 ‘earlier than all of us suppose’

The Dutchman is charging in the direction of a second successive title in F1 this yr after beating Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to the 2021 crown on the final lap of the controversial decider in Abu Dhabi following a fierce season-long battle. 

Verstappen holds an 109-point lead over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc heading into Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza and will wrap up this yr’s championship as quickly as the following race in Singapore, if outcomes go his method.

Given Purple Bull’s supremacy this season, with Verstappen profitable 10 of the 15 races to this point, many have tipped the 24-year-old – who has already racked up 30 grand prix victories – to problem Hamilton’s F1 information sooner or later. 

However Marko has claimed that Verstappen might determine to not stick round that lengthy.

“We wish to win extra titles collectively,” he advised Germany’s Sport1. 

“However I doubt if we’ll see Max drive till he has damaged all information.

“He may make it, however he’s additionally the kind of one who packs his issues and leaves when he not feels prefer it.

“Irrespective of how a lot you supply him, he gained’t keep. And that might occur earlier than all of us suppose.”

Earlier this yr, Verstappen signed a brand new five-year deal – reported to be value $55million a yr – to maintain him on the staff till 2028, when Verstappen shall be 31. 

Verstappen himself admitted in Might that he may stop the game as soon as his new contract expires. 

“The plan is to remain right here till 2028,” he mentioned. “I’m not planning on altering groups. I’m glad right here and they’re pleased with me. However I’ve not made up my thoughts what I’ll do after 2028. I’d cease.

“I’ve been in F1 since I used to be 17. It has been a very long time. I’ve performed a number of seasons in F1. 

“I’ll wish to do completely different stuff. By 31, I don’t know whether or not I’ll have peaked or the place the drop-off in efficiency might have occurred.

“I wish to do different varieties of races – endurance racing, for instance. Possibly I’ll have had sufficient of travelling on a regular basis. Possibly I’ll need a better life and simply to do the races I like.

“At any time when a possibility involves win a championship, you wish to take it. If I’m in a combat in 2028 it might be silly to abruptly cease. It’s troublesome to know.”

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