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Verstappen signs contract extension with Red Bull until end of 2028

Red Bull have confirmed that Max Verstappen will stay with the team for a further six years beyond the 2022 season.

Red Bull have announced that Max Verstappen has signed a long-term contract extension that will keep him at the team until the end of 2028. The Dutchman previously had an agreement in place to remain with the outfit until the end of the 2023 campaign, but that has now been extended to a further five-year deal. This news follows on from Verstappen's words of praise for the Milton Keynes-based squad following his debut World Championship victory in 2021. After clinching the title in Abu Dhabi, Verstappen said : "I love them so much. I really, really enjoy working with them, since 2016. But this year has been incredible. "To my team, I think they know I love them. I hope we can do this for 10 to 15 years together. There's no reason to change, ever. I want to stay with them for the rest of my life. They love me."

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Verstappen's new contract means he is the driver on the grid with the longest current deal. Just behind him is Lando Norris, who recently signed an extension with McLaren which will keep him at the team until the end of 2025. Meanwhile Charles Leclerc is signed to Ferrari until the end of 2024. Verstappen has been under the Red Bull stable throughout his F1 career. He made his debut on the grid with the then-called Toro Rosso junior outfit back in 2015, and was promoted to the main team in 2016. On his first race for Red Bull in the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, Verstappen claimed his debut victory in Formula 1, making him the sport's youngest race winner. He has gone on to take a further 19 wins, and became World Champion for the first time in 2021 after a close battle with Lewis Hamilton.

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