Max Verstappen, the current Formula One world champion, signed a new contract with Red Bull until 2028 two months ago with a salary of 40 to 50 million euros per season, but with an unusual clause that “he can leave the team if his car is not competitive for title “.
This information was revealed by Helmut Marko, a consultant of the Austrian team, in a statement for the site “formula1 de”.
“If we go through a fracture similar to the one in 2014 when we had no chance against Mercedes in terms of engines, then obviously there will be a possibility to use the exit clause. Max is an important figure in this chess game. And it’s no surprise that designers take it in It was important for Red Bull to be able to say that we have the best driver in the team until 2028. He has a positive impact on the rest of the team and our partners, “said 78-year-old Marko.
This season, Red Bull experienced a fiasco at the start in Bahrain, when both drivers were left without a place, but already in Saudi Arabia, Verstappen overtook Leclerc (Ferrari) with a brilliant run in the finish, three laps before the end and reached the first victory of the season.