Red Bull chief explains how Max Verstappen could quit Formula 1

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has discussed the factors that would shape Max Verstappen's eventual exit from Formula 1.

As the Formula 1 world marvels at Max Verstappen’s unparalleled dominance, questions have arisen about the timeline of the Dutch prodigy’s retirement. 

The relentless demands of media engagements, rigorous fitness routines, and tireless simulator sessions are set to play a pivotal role in determining when Verstappen bids farewell to the sport that he has redefined.

Verstappen’s supremacy on the F1 circuit is indisputable, having clinched eight consecutive victories leading up to the 2023 summer hiatus. 

With Sebastian Vettel’s record of nine successive wins looming on the horizon, and his firm grasp on a third consecutive world title, Verstappen’s legacy is etched into the annals of racing history.

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While the 25-year-old already boasts an impressive resume, including two Drivers’ Championships, 45 race triumphs, and 89 podium finishes in a mere 175 Grand Prix appearances, the prevailing sentiment is that Verstappen’s F1 tenure may not extend into the realm of his late 30s or early 40s. 

Helmut Marko, the astute advisor at Red Bull, shared insights with reporters, suggesting, “I don’t think he’s a type that will last for long like Alonso, for example. One day he will say, ‘this is it’, when he is no longer having fun or the pressure is gone.”

Marko emphasised the hidden demands that underlie Verstappen’s role as an F1 titan. 

The Dutch sensation dedicates substantial time to simulator preparations ahead of every race, in addition to the responsibilities of marketing commitments and maintaining peak physical condition. 

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Marko emphasised, “He has already fewer marketing obligations, but there are still a few days left. 

“He has to maintain his fitness level. This leaves relatively little time for free time.”

When the momentous decision to retire from F1 ultimately arrives, Verstappen’s journey is likely to extend into other racing arenas. 

The tantalising prospect of conquering two-thirds of motorsport’s coveted ‘Triple Crown’ beckons. 

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Verstappen, a devotee of online endurance races in his personal simulator, could seek glory in the revered 24 Hours of Le Mans.

However, despite the allure of the ‘Triple Crown,’ replicating Graham Hill’s historic achievement might prove elusive. 

Verstappen himself hinted at this during the year, responding to suggestions of participating in the Indy500 with a respectful decline, stating, “No, I respect them a lot. I have some friends of mine doing it, but not at the moment, no.”