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Formula 1

Marko knows how to keep Verstappen away from Mercedes' reach

Max Verstappen's contract with Red Bull runs until 2023 but there is still ample talk regarding his future. At this time it is with Red Bull, but with Lewis Hamilton's possible retirement on the horizon, there are opportunities lurking at Mercedes. Helmut Marko knows what he has to do to keep hold of the Dutchman.

Marko Verstappen
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The rumours have been out there for quite some time. Will Max Verstappen make the move to Mercedes if Red Bull are unable to give him a title-challenging car? Although the Dutchman's contract runs for another three seasons, it hasn't stopped the speculation.

Red Bull rivals Mercedes have made no secret that Verstappen in on their radar, especially given the fact that both of their drivers have contracts that expire at the end of the season. The Dutchman has one or more clauses in his contract that would allow him to leave the team early.

If those clauses were triggered and a seat opens up at Mercedes, who knows what will happen. However Helmut Marko isn't worried about a possible Verstappen departure at this time.

"We don't have to take legal action against Mercedes if they try to snatch Max away from us," Marko told Servus TV when asked if lawyers are ready to keep the 23-year-old from leaving.

"We simple have to give Max a car that he can win with and a chance to compete for the world title."

As a result Marko knows that Verstappen's future is in Red Bull's hands. The team are optimistic heading into 2021, and Marko sees no reason why the two sides can't continue their partnership for the foreseeable future.

"If we manage to give Max a title-winning car, then nothing will stand in the way of a future collaboration between him and Red Bull," he added.


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