The F1 world champion is on the crest of a wave as he heads to this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the scene of his infamous first-lap clash with Lewis Hamilton in 2021.
After a tricky start to the season, which saw Red Bull suffer a number of DNFs as Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc set the early pace, Verstappen has taken charge of the championship with six wins from nine races. Meanwhile, Ferrari have suffered a now-familiar implosion, with their campaign blighted by reliability issues for both cars.
While the championship is far from over, the Scuderia have it all to do if they are to capture their first F1 drivers’ title since 2007. Therefore, the Italian squad have been urged to do all they can to lure Verstappen away from Red Bull by Dutch racing driver Tom Coronel. He believes his friend would have achieved even better results had he been at the wheel of a Ferrari, who are believed to have a slight pace advantage.
“I’ve always said that,” Coronel told the RacingNews365 podcast. “What is Max’s value? It’s what Ferrari is willing to pay for it. That is in any case the reason why Red Bull has signed him for the long term, because then at least you know that you have the best driver in the house.
“If I were Ferrari, the director of Ferrari, I would now ask: how much will it cost to buy Max away from Red Bull? Who says it can’t be done? I’ve seen so many things happen with money. Then you see at once what Verstappen is worth.”
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Extracting Verstappen from his Red Bull contract, which runs until 2028, would take a monumental sales pitch from Ferrari.
Verstappen said in the wake of his controversial title win last year that he wanted to stay with Red Bull “forever”. However, there is an argument that his legacy would be enhanced by winning a title with another team, especially with the most famous brand in the sport in Ferrari.
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