Helmut Marko has said that there is absolutely no chance that Red Bull will allow Max Verstappen to leave the team before his contract runs out.

There have been on-going suggestions in the media linking the youngster with Ferrari, a team that may have up to two vacancies at the end of the current season, with both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen out of contract there.

It has been rumoured that Ferrari may even be willing to pay millions to extract the 19-year-old from his current Red Bull deal, which runs until the end of 2019.

But Marko, the Red Bull driver manager, told Bild newspaper, “We would not give Max up for 100 million.

“We put him into formula one to see his insane potential and development. We want to be world champion with him,” he insisted.

Verstappen’s manager Raymond Vermeulen said, “We are, as always, committed to agreements, but this is based on reciprocity with Red Bull.

“We do not talk about contracts but Dr Marko, Max and I know what is agreed.

“Red Bull has one of the best drivers in the paddock, and you can expect us to have the best equipment to become world champion,” he added.

There is no secret in the fact that Verstappen has been left very frustrated with his run of abysmal car reliability in 2017.

“We have told him we are doing everything we can to stop this unbelievable bad luck,” said Marko.

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