Reigning World Champion Max Verstappen has remarkably revealed that racing for Ferrari “would be great”, suggesting that the Dutchman might be interested in a future move to Maranello.
It’s not uncommon for most drivers to dream about a move to Ferrari, with seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton having also stressed how cool it’d be to race for the iconic team.
Whether Verstappen ever switches to Ferrari remains to be seen; however, nothing will happen before 2028.
Verstappen is contracted to Red Bull for another five years, by at which point he might decide to quit F1.
One thing that is for certain is that he won’t go to a team who aren’t at the front, with the 25-year-old wanting to always “drive the strongest car”.
That’s certainly what he’s currently doing, ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Verstappen leads the Drivers’ Championship by 53 points, having won five of the seven completed races this season.
If Red Bull’s dominance continues then he’ll likely stay with the Austrians until the end of his F1 career; however, he believes it’ll be “extremely difficult” for the Milton Keynes-based team to maintain their advantage.
“It seems to me that it will be extremely difficult for us to remain the dominant project for such a long period of time,” said Verstappen, as reported by Italian source Rossomotori.
“People often ask if I have a dream team,” Verstappen added. “I know Ferrari has a unique history in F1 so this is a team that would be great to race for.
“But I’ve always told myself that I just want to drive the strongest car.”
Something that would make a switch to Ferrari favourable for Verstappen, is that they compete at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Ferrari famously claimed their first overall win at Le Mans for 58 years on Sunday, something which might have caught his attention.
The Dutchman has his eyes set on racing in other championships before he’s too old, with endurance racing being something he’s expressed an interest in.
Should he switch to Ferrari in F1, then perhaps it’d open up doors for him in GT racing or in prototypes, given Ferrari’s huge involvement in endurance racing.
“I love Le Mans and endurance racing in general,” Verstappen said.
“I love watching GT3 cars take corners at the Nurburgring. That’s all I want to experience in my life, and not when I’m 40 or 50 because I won’t be at my peak anymore.
“At 31, I would have been in Formula 1 for a very long time but I’m sure I will still be capable of great things.”