Max Verstappen comments on becoming an F1 team principal

Max Verstappen has hinted at retiring from Formula 1 when his current Red Bull contract expires.

Reigning World Champion Max Verstappen has hinted at potentially creating his “own race team”, although he’s ruled out ever becoming a Formula 1 team principal.

The Red Bull driver is currently obliterating the competition this season and is looking set to claim a third consecutive Drivers’ Championship, after winning eight of the 10 completed races this season.

Verstappen has, of course, spoken a lot over recent months about his life post-F1, which could begin as soon as 2029.

The 25-year-old has admitted that he could retire from the sport once his long-term contract expires, especially if changes continue to be made to the championship’s format and calendar.

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In a new teaser towards his life after F1, Verstappen has revealed that he could become a team owner, something he already is in the virtual world.

Verstappen already has his own sim racing team – Racing – which he also has a “lot of plans for”.

“I maybe want to have my own race team,” Verstappen told CNN Sport.

“I already of course started at a bit with Racing; it’s integrated already in real racing plus the sim racing part.

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“I love my sim racing. Some people think it’s just a game, but it’s not. I have a lot of passion in that and I have a lot of plans for the future to build something around that to maybe bring some races to the real world.

“There are so many opportunities in that, which I want to try and achieve, which I’m working on already.”

Whilst being a team owner in the future is something which interests the Dutchman, being an F1 team principal doesn’t.

Verstappen has absolutely no intentions on returning to F1 post-retirement in a team boss role, with him not wanting to repeat all the travelling across the globe.

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“It’s a lot of traveling, and you’ve already done that as a driver,” Verstappen admitted.

“So I definitely don’t want to do it again as a team principal.”

The amount of travelling the drivers are subject to is actually one of the things which is pushing the driver away from the sport, who’s called for the duration of the calendar to be reduced.