Why Red Bull had to swoop early to keep Verstappen

Why Red Bull had to swoop early to keep Verstappen

Red Bull removed a second element of intrigue from the Formula 1 driver market by securing Max Verstappen for another three seasons. Its decision, like Ferrari's to keep hold of Charles Leclerc, shows it has put its eggs firmly in one basket for the future

Max Verstappen's number one ambition since he joined Formula 1 hasn't been to win the world championship. Instead, it's been to win the world championship with Red Bull.

It's that subtle difference that explains much - but not all - about why he and Red Bull made an early move to commit to a long-term contract that will keep him at the team until 2023.

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