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Max Verstappen

Marko refuses Verstappen Nurburgring wish: 'You're not doing that'

The Dutchman will not join Ricciardo and Vettel at Red Bull Formula Nurburgring later this year.

Max Verstappen has revealed his wish to appear at the Red Bull Formula Nurburgring event was refused by the team's Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko.

The event at the German venue will see Red Bull reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo, four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel and a host of other names tackle the Nordschleife, with F1 machinery to lap the 'Green Hell' for the first time in over a decade.

Vettel's presence was announced ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, with the German reunited with the team he won his F1 titles with for the event.

Asked if he had hoped to participate, Verstappen told media, including RacingNews365.com: "I wanted to do it but Helmut would not allow me because he knew that I would try to go to the limits.

"I would have loved to do it."

Unnecessary issues

"You need some proper tyres, which they don't allow. I don't want to start unnecessary issues," added Verstappen.

"I heard this thing was coming up and we were sitting at a table when it came up and Helmut said 'no, no, you're not doing that'."

On whether the risk of driving the Nordschleife was too much for an appearance to be possible, the Dutchman explained: "It is risky to drive here [in Canada]. It just depends how you hit the barrier.

"That is not the plan, of course, but hopefully one day I can do it. It would be amazing in an F1 car but if not, hopefully a GT3 car or whatever."

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