We're delighted to bring you the news that Max Verstappen has extended his contract with the Team until the end of the 2020 season.
Having signed as a Red Bull Junior in 2014 and following a successful 2015 season with Scuderia Toro Rosso, Max joined Red Bull Racing ahead of last year's Spanish Grand Prix, and sensationally won at the first time of asking.
Now, soon after taking his second career win at this year's Malaysian Grand Prix, Max has signed on the dotted line for a further three years with Red Bull.
"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 One when I was just 17, and then the opportunity to race with Red Bull Racing where I had such a dream start," Max said.
"They have always backed me and my ambition and I know we share that ambition," he added. "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 per cent. 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."
The extension of Max's contract was naturally welcome by Team Principal Christian Horner who added: "We are delighted that Max has agreed to extend his contract with Red Bull Racing. 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," he continued. "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 One 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."
Max's Major Moments - The big numbers of Max Verstappen's F1 career to date...
- 6160 days old. Max was just 16 years, 10 months and 13 days old when he became a member of the Red Bull Junior programme. At the time, he was coming to the end of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. He'd end the campaign with 10 wins and six other podium finishes.
- 6 days after joining the Junior squad it was announced that Max would make his F1 debut in 2015 with our sister squad Toro Rosso.
- 17 years and three days. Max becomes the youngest ever driver to take part in a grand prix weekend when he drives in FP1 for Toro Rosso at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
- 15 March, 2015. Max becomes Formula One's youngest ever race driver when he starts the 2015 Australian Grand Prix.
- 49 points taken in his debut F1 season. Max scored points on nine occasions and ends the campaign with a best finish of fourth, at the Hungarian and US grands prix.
- 5 May, 2016 Max joins Red Bull Racing in time for the Spanish Grand Prix.
- 1hr 41m 40.017s is how long it takes Max to become a winner with Red Bull Racing. 10 days after joining the team, Max scores his first career grand prix win with a stunning drive from fourth on the grid to victory. He's the sport's youngest winner at 18 years and 227 days old.
- 7 podiums in all for Max during his first season with the Team. He ends the campaign in fifth place in the Drivers' Championship with 204 points.
- 5 Max starts his second season with the team by taking fifth place at the season-opening 2017 Australian Grand Prix. Two weeks later and he's back on the podium with third place in China.
- 2 Max's second career win arrives at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix. The Dutchman starts from third place but after a superb start he brilliantly seizes the lead from three-time champion Lewis Hamilton and never lets go. He follows the victory with second place a week later at the Japanese Grand Prix.
- 1130days (approx). If the 2020 season mirrors recent campaigns and ends sometime in the final two weeks of November, Max's new three-year contract means we can look forward to around 1130 days of Max-imum enjoyment. Bring it on.