Ferrari insists it is “certainly not” interested in trying to acquire Max Verstappen’s signature for its 2020 driver line-up.
Verstappen has been hailed by Red Bull boss Christian Horner as the best driver in Formula 1, finishing in the top five at every race this season including a win at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Although current Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has stressed he has no plans to call time on his F1 career, speculation surrounding the German’s future has been floating around the paddock following a frustrating run of results.
However, Ferrari’s team principal Mattia Binotto is adamant the team has a “fixed” driver pairing for next year with a clear ambition to maintain its present line-up.
Asked if Verstappen is a driver Ferrari is interested in signing for 2020, Binotto told Sky Sports F1: “No certainly not and I can only confirm what Seb said.
“We’ve got two drivers, we’ve got contracts in place and we are very happy.
“Next season our line-up is fixed and there are no reasons we why should changed. I think things are going well in that respect.”
During the Austrian Grand Prix weekend rumour spread that Verstappen’s contract may possess a clause that allows him the option to leave Red Bull should he fail to win a race by the summer break.
But following the Dutchman’s emphatic victory at the Red Bull Ring, Red Bull chief Horner believes it will cool speculation.
“The contract between the driver and team will always be confidential, but it’s safe to say that every single driver in this pit lane has got probably clauses in their contract,” Horner explained.
“There has been speculation about Max’s contract, it’s purely speculation. He’s very happy in the team, he believes in this project and days like these only endorse that. I have no doubts about Max.”