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Max Verstappen has an ESCAPE clause in £40m-a-year F1 contract, Red Bull boss confirms

MAX VERSTAPPEN has an escape clause in his £40million-a-year Formula One contract, Red Bull boss Helmut Marko has revealed.

The Dutchman, 24, won his first F1 world title last yearbeating seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton controversially in the final round of the season.

Verstappen has an escape clause, Red Bull's Marko has confirmed

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Verstappen has an escape clause, Red Bull’s Marko has confirmedCredit: GETTY
Verstappen won the Saudi Arabian GP, ​​beating old rival Leclerc

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Verstappen won the Saudi Arabian GP, ​​beating old rival LeclercCredit: GETTY

and Verstappen signed a new £40m-a-year deal that will keep him under contract at Red Bull until after his 30th birthday.

But according to Red Bull boss Marko, Verstappen has a fallback clause should there be a “crash” similar to that of 2014 when Mercedes dominated the grid.

Speak with Formula1.deMarko said: “Of course. If we experience a ‘crash’ like in 2014, when we had absolutely no chance against Mercedes in terms of engines, then it’s clear that there is an escape clause.

“Max is an important link in the game of chess.

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“It is not surprising that manufacturers take this into account.

“That’s why it was important for Red Bull to be able to say that we have tied the best driver to our team until 2028.

“Having someone like Max in the ranks has a positive effect on the rest of the team and the team partners.”

However, after two races of the 2022 seasonn, it looks like Mercedes that could fight to compete with Red Bull AND Ferrari.

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Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc won the season opener in Bahrainwhile Verstappen and Sergio Perez failed to score points due to errors on both Red Bull cars.

Verstappen then won the next race in Saudi Arabiaedged out Leclerc with a few laps to go while the Mercedes duo of George Russell and Hamilton finished fifth and tenth.

F1 will be back in action this weekend for the Australian Grand Prix.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/motorsport/18159441/max-verstappen-f1-red-bull-contract-escape-clause/ Max Verstappen has an ESCAPE clause in £40m-a-year F1 contract, Red Bull boss confirms

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