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Red Bull star Max Verstappen signs new deal in bitter blow to Mercedes ahead of the US Grand Prix

 

Dutch driver was being lined up by current champions to partner Lewis Hamilton when contract expired at end of 2018

RED BULL have fended off interest from Mercedes to sign up Max Verstappen to a new contract.

The highly-rated Dutchman was being lined up by Merc bosses to partner Lewis Hamilton when the 20-year-old’s contract expired at the end of 2018.

 Max Verstappen has signed a new deal with Red BullMax Verstappen has signed a new deal with Red Bull

However, the Milton Keynes-based team have snapped up Verstappen to a new deal that will run until the end of 2020.

The contract is expected to boost Verstappen’s pay to up to £20million a year.

He said: “Red Bull has always shown their faith and belief in me with actions; inviting me in to the young driver programme as a 16-year-old.

“Then giving me my start in Formula One when I was just 17, and then the opportunity to race with Red Bull Racing where I had such a dream start with this team.

 Mercedes were lining the Dutchman up as a potential new partner for Lewis HamiltonMercedes were lining the Dutchman up as a potential new partner for Lewis Hamilton

“They have always backed me and my ambition and I know we share that ambition.

“Their support, from the guys and girls in the factory through to the crew in the garage, no matter what plays out on the race track, has always been 100 per cent.

“We’ve also had some fun times! I’m very happy to commit further to Red Bull Racing and I’m looking forward to working together to enjoy more success in the years to come.”

Red Bull boss, Christian Horner, added: “We are delighted that Max has agreed to extend his contract with Red Bull Racing.

 Verstappen admits it was an easy decision to stick with Red BullVerstappen admits it was an easy decision to stick with Red Bull
 Christian Horner is delighted the youngster is staying putChristian Horner is delighted the youngster is staying put

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/4732516/red-bull-max-verstappenn-new-deal-us-grand-prix/

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