Red Bull’s Max Verstappen denies he’s Mercedes’ F1 insurance policy



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November 12, 2019 04:11 PM

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen denies he’s Mercedes’ F1 insurance policy

Verstappen was asked if he has a deal to race for Mercedes should Lewis Hamilton leave the team in 2021.

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Max Verstappen is fourth in the Formula 1 driver standings heading into the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen has fended off rumors that he has signed a pre-contract with Mercedes to replace Lewis Hamilton if the six-time champion quits Mercedes after the 2020 season.
“Slippery question,” the Red Bull-Honda driver said to Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper. “I am happy where I am. I want to win with Red Bull.
“I don’t talk about the future, but today that’s how it is.”
Verstappen, 22, also took offense to recent headlines that suggested he dismissed six-time world champion Hamilton’s talent and success.

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“That’s not true,” he said. “If anything, I argued that he is one of the best ever. But I also said that each of us depends on the car we drive. If Alonso had been at Mercedes, he would have won the championship there. Luck counts when you join a team and it becomes dominant. You can also go to a team at the wrong time, but it doesn’t mean you’re not good enough.”
Verstappen added that he has agreed to stop his media war of words with Hamilton.
“We never fought, but we talked to each other. I respect him,” he said of Hamilton. “We are committed to resolving the issues between us away from indiscreet ears.”

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