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Verstappen makes emphatic pledge for life after F1

Many an ex-F1 driver has taken the plunge into management or offered teams their services in advisory roles, but Max Verstappen seems convinced he won't be doing likewise when he hangs up his helmet.

Max Verstappen says he will not remain in Formula 1 after he retires from racing, preferring instead to focus on "fun things" rather than remain in the sport in a managerial or advisory capacity. The 2021 World Champion is contracted to race for Red Bull until the end of 2028, so it is unlikely to be something he has to think about any time soon. However, Verstappen already seems to have a clear idea of the paths he won't be going down when that time comes. "You will not see me as an analyst or in a team role," Verstappen told Dutch magazine Formule 1 . "I don't have the motivation for that. If I no longer drive myself, I want to do other fun things." Verstappen added that he may seek to follow in the footsteps of his father Jos, who returned to competitive racing earlier this year at the age of 49, ending a 13-year hiatus by competing in selected rounds of the Belgian Rally Championship.

"At some point, you're done with F1"

Max become the youngest F1 driver ever when he made his debut at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix aged just 17, breaking the previous record by almost two years, and Jos said he understood that his son would want to break away from that world at some point. "Your whole life now revolves around racing, Formula 1 and so on," Jos explained. "At a certain point, you're done with that."

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