Verstappen extends Red Bull deal to 2020

Max Verstappen has extended his contract with the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team until the end of the 2020 season, it was announced on Friday.

Verstappen extends Red Bull deal to 2020
 Max Verstappen, Red Bull, second place, lifts his trophy
 Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
 Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
 Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
 Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13

The Dutchman's current deal was to expire at the end of 2019, so the announcement means he has extended his contract by just one year.

"Red Bull has always shown their faith and belief in me with actions; inviting me in to the young driver programme as a 16-year-old, then giving me my start in Formula 1 when I was just 17, and then the opportunity to race with Red Bull Racing where I had such a dream start with this team," said Verstappen.

"They have always backed me and my ambition and I know we share that ambition. Their support, from the guys and girls in the factory through to the crew in the garage, no matter what plays out on the race track, has always been 100 percent.

"We've also had some fun times! I'm very happy to commit further to Red Bull Racing and I'm looking forward to working together to enjoy more success in the years to come."

Verstappen made his grand prix debut at the age of 17 in 2015 with Toro Rosso, before moving up to Red Bull for the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, where he replaced Daniil Kvyat.

The Dutchman went on to win the Barcelona race, becoming the youngest-ever winner in Formula 1.

"We are delighted that Max has agreed to extend his contract with Red Bull Racing," said team boss Christian Horner.

"We had a phenomenal start together in Spain last year and Max has only pushed on from there. It was a great moment for the whole team to see him put the frustrations of this season behind him in taking that fantastic victory in Malaysia last month.

"He is pure racer, with an undeniable talent at the wheel and a rare instinct for what it takes to compete consistently at this level.

"Coupled with a committed work ethic and a mature approach to learning his craft that belies his years, Max is right to be hungry for success and we are looking forward to extending that journey with him in our hunt for Formula 1 world championships.

"As we now look to the long term with Max he is in the best place in the sport to build a team around him to deliver our shared ambition."

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