Max Verstappen drops major F1 retirement hint

Max Verstappen claimed a record-breaking 454 points on his way to a second Drivers' Championship in 2022.

Max Verstappen has kept it no secret that he wants to explore other racing categories during his career, one which has already seen him claim two Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championships.

The imperious Dutchman enjoyed a record-breaking 2022 campaign, where he broke the record for most wins in a single season and most points scored.

Verstappen stormed to 15 victories in the most recent season, eclipsing the previous record of 13 which was held by Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.

The pair of them combined have a mouth-watering 11 World Championships between them, highlighting the fact that Verstappen has cemented his place amongst some of the greatest F1 drivers of all-time.

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With the new aerodynamic regulations having just started, it is likely that he’ll go on to enjoy further success over the coming years, with him to remain in F1 for at least another six seasons.

The 25-year-old is contracted to Red Bull until the end of 2028, by at which point he’ll be 31 years old.

With that in mind, Verstappen has given yet another hint that he might call it quits in F1 when his contract concludes, with the Dutchman eyeing up the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Fernando Alonso famously won the historic race during his sabbatical from F1, after leaving McLaren at the end of 2018.

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Verstappen wants to “try something else” but wants to do so in a “competitive car”, something Alonso did after partnering with Toyota’s LMP1 squad.

“If Fernando goes there, he will want to fight for victory in a competitive car,” the Dutchman is quoted by Ouest-France newspaper.

“And I am exactly the same.

“Formula 1 is a lot of fun and I’m very successful there at the moment.

“But I would like to try something else.

“My contract with Red Bull runs until 2028, when I will be 31. I will probably be competitive for a few years after that. But during these years, I want to have other experiences.

“I would like to have a little more fun with less pressure and also with a less tight schedule.”

Verstappen’s father, ex-F1 driver Jos Verstappen, has also claimed Le Mans glory in the past.

Jos won the LMP2 class in the 2008 edition of the race, when he was 36 years old.

Verstappen adds that he has no intention on rushing to make a switch, with lots currently changing in the endurance scene.

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“That’s why I don’t want to rush either,” Verstappen said.

“Simply because a lot of things are changing now in endurance racing.

“In my opinion, it’s better to wait and see exactly what happens and how it will evolve, and then make a choice.”