Marko releases update on Verstappen’s Ferrari link

Red Bull is certain that there is absolutely no chance that they will lose Max Verstappen to a rival team like Ferrari before his contract runs out.

Former F1 driver Martin Brundle had stated earlier in the week that the youngster’s frustration was apparent this year, given the fact that Red Bull has been struggling to put up any sort of challenge at the top of the table.

Rumours have since been doing the the rounds that Verstappen could be poached by Ferrari, whose contracts with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen run out late this year.

Although Dutchman Verstappen is under contract for 2018, one rumour is that his deal contains a clause that might let him leave Red Bull for performance reasons.

However, Red Bull driver manager Helmut Marko told Germany’s Auto Bild: “Contrary to all rumours, there is no performance clause in Verstappen’s contract.

“If we do not release him, he cannot switch to Ferrari.”

Verstappen is currently fifth in the driver standings, one place ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

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