Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has insisted that Max Verstappen does not have a so-called “engine clause” in his contract which could see him leave the team if they are unable to secure a competitive power unit after Honda withdraws from F1.
“There is no such clause in his contract,” Horner said, adding that “The contracts between the driver and the team are private, but there is definitely no engine-related clause in Max’s contract. “
Continuing, Horner emphasised that the Dutch ace is “very comfortable” at Red Bull.
“He is competitive. He feels very comfortable in the team and believes strongly in the Honda programme.
“I think he also sees that Honda has brought forward the engine from 2022 to 2021. That is encouraging, of course.
“So we will take another step forward next year. He’s excited about this, and he still has a long way to go until 2022.”
Max Verstappen’s active Red Bull contract runs through until the end of the 2023 season.
There has been much speculation about the existence of a clause which could allow him to join another team if the Milton Keynes-based racing outfit fails to provide him with a Championship-winning car.
Honda’s exit from the sport is seen as a blow to Red Bull Racing and potentially makes it less likely that Verstappen will stick around, especially as there is a good chance they will end up switching back to Renault power.
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