Christian Horner breaks silence on Max Verstappen’s retirement threat

Max Verstappen is in the form of his career, dominating the grid after taking three victories in five rounds.

Max Verstappen appears to be almost untouchable this season, sweeping up victory and pole positions on track thanks to the impressive design of the RB19.

With Verstappen set to stay at Red Bull until, at least, 2028, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has claimed that fans can expect the Dutchman to continue improving and growing within his role.

Verstappen’s success has come despite the Red Bull driver accusing Formula 1 of “changing its DNA” as it focuses on the “show element of racing,” rather than the sporting side.

This comes as others have warned about the risk of Formula 1 being turned into a reality show with the growth in popularity of the Netflix series ‘Drive to Survive.’

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The Dutchman has even warned that he could call time on his career ahead of 2028, as he gets increasingly frustrated with the way Formula 1 bosses are behaving.

However, Horner believes that is unlikely to happen soon, with Verstappen in the prime of his career, having won back-to-back championships.

“I think Max is the kind of guy that one day will just decide in his mind what he wants to do,” Horner told

“But he’s 25, he’s motivated, he’s hungry to achieve a lot more. I do still think he’s got quite a few racing years ahead.”

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“He’s still evolving, still getting better as he gets experience, and he’s just become more more polished. 

“But that inner drive, hunger, skill and everything that we’ve seen from day one is still very much there. He’s just a much more polished article now. 

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“I think he’s currently the best driver and has been for the last three or four years.”

Horner’s comments come after Verstappen’s impressive run of form last season, where he broke a record by winning 15 of the races.

After 5 rounds, Verstappen stands at the top of the title race with 119 points, while his teammate Sergio Perez is 14 points behind in P2.