Max Verstappen won’t retire before 2028

Max Verstappen leads the Drivers' Championship by 39 points ahead of this weekend's Spanish GP.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock believes only “technical issues” can stop Max Verstappen from cruising to a third consecutive title, with it currently being “really difficult” to defeat the reigning World Champion.

Verstappen cruised to his second victory at the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend to secure his 39th career win, moving him one clear of Sebastian Vettel’s 38 wins for Red Bull.

It means the two-time World Champion has now won more races for Red Bull than any previous driver of the Milton Keynes-based team, with his attention perhaps having now switched to eclipsing Vettel’s five world titles for the Austrians.

Given his current form, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Verstappen wins the championship every season until the new power unit regulations are introduced in 2026, given his and Red Bull’s superiority.

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Glock recognises that in F1 today, the 25-year-old is the “benchmark”.

“With his 39th victory for Red Bull, Max Verstappen gives the impression that there are no limits for him,” Glock wrote in his column for Sky Deutschland.

“On all tracks, under all conditions, he is currently the benchmark. Unless technical issues get in his way, it’s really difficult to beat him.”

With the Red Bull driver still being so young, he could quite easily continue in F1 for another 15 years, although that is very unlikely.

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Should Red Bull’s dominance continue into the new engine regs in 2026 then Verstappen could come seriously close to becoming an unprecedented eight-time World Champion, something Lewis Hamilton is continuing to push for.

The only thing seemingly stopping Verstappen from destroying every record is himself, with the Dutchman having admitted that he could leave the sport once his contract expires in 2028.

“At 25 years old, Verstappen can still achieve anything; the question is whether he wants to,” Glock wrote.

“He has hinted on several occasions that he doesn’t know how long he wants to endure the stress of Formula 1 with 23 races.”

Despite Verstappen having hinted at exiting the pinnacle of motorsport when his deal expires, Glock is certain that he will at the very least respect his current deal and stay in F1 until the end of 2028.

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With that still being over five-and-a-half years away, Glock is certain that Verstappen will claim “many more victories”.

“He will definitely fulfil his Red Bull contract,” Glock added.

“And until then, we will witness many more victories from him.”