Max Verstappen has no interest in the record of seven world titles shared by Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.
“It doesn’t mean anything to me to win seven or eight world championships. If you have the car for it, that’s great, of course, but I’m happy even if it doesn’t happen,” Verstappen told the Formula1.com internet portal.
The two-time world champion’s contract with Red Bull runs until the end of 2028 – the Dutchman leaves open what happens after that: “I’m still very young, but I’ve always said that I want to try other competitions, a bit like Fernando.”
But compared to 41-year-old Fernando Alonso, Verstappen’s passion for Formula 1 is less pronounced: “Every person is different and it also depends on what you want to do with your life. I love racing in the Formula 1, but I also want to try other racing series.”
Verstappen already has a few ideas about how things could continue after Formula 1: “Maybe I’ll drive in long-distance races, but I would also like to build my own team.”
Recently, Verstappen has not been sparing in criticizing the development direction of Formula 1. The calendar expansion and the new sprint format are a thorn in his side.
In 2023, Verstappen leads the world championship again after three races with two wins and a second place. Team-mate Sergio Perez is the first pursuer with a gap of 15 points.