Max Verstappen hints at F1 retirement as he claims there is ‘a lot of stuff in life’ but admits he ‘loves to drive and win’ with Red Bull

Max Verstappen hints at F1 retirement as he claims there is ‘a lot of stuff in life’ but admits he ‘loves to drive and win’ with Red Bull

By Ryan Walker for Mailonline

16:58 08 November 2023, updated 17:08 08 November 2023


  • Max Verstappen has hinted at the possibility of retiring from Formula One
  • The Red Bull star recently captured his third consecutive world championship
  • But Verstappen explained the pressures placed on drivers traveling around the world



Max Verstappen has dramatically hinted at the possibility of retiring from Formula 1 at the end of his contract with Red Bull after revealing the personal pressures drivers face in racing.

The 26-year-old was recently crowned Formula 1 world champion for the third year in a row, with Red Bull dominating the rest of the grid.

Verstappen’s current contract with Red Bull runs until December 2028, by which time he could have claimed five more titles and become the sport’s greatest driver of all time.

However, the Dutchman made it clear that he has one eye on the future and claimed in a recent interview with TIME magazine that there are “many more things in life than Formula 1”.

Discussing his ambitions to achieve a title better than the seven world championships achieved by Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, Verstappen explained: “Do I want to win seven? Yes, why not?

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has hinted at a possible exit from Formula 1 in the future
Verstappen recently captured his third consecutive Formula 1 World Championship title with Red Bull

“Even if I don’t win seven races, I know there is still a lot more to life than Formula 1.

“I’m actually very happy with what I’ve achieved… At some point, you have to weigh success versus just overall quality of life.”

“I feel like I’m living out of a suitcase, out of a hotel, all the time. For now that’s good. I like driving. I like winning. But as I get older, maybe one day that’s not what I want anymore.”

Verstappen explained the pressure that traveling around the world puts on drivers throughout the season

Verstappen is already the favorite for next year’s Formula 1 season given Red Bull’s form which has seen the garage win 19 out of 20 races this year.

The Dutch star alone has won 17 of the 19 races and is expected to continue his excellent form next season with other teams struggling to match Red Bull’s improvements.

If he retires, Verstappen could follow a similar path to Nico Rosberg, who left the sport in 2016 just five days after winning his first world championship with Mercedes.

Rosberg has built a post-racing career in cash, however, Verstappen may be looking forward to some time away from the limelight given his reputation as a global star.



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