Is Max Verstappen hinting at retirement from F1?

Max Verstappen thinks he may leave Formula One when his Red Bull contract expires in 2028 due to a lack of desire, but acknowledges that having the fastest vehicle on the grid may persuade him to stay.

Victory at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday kept Verstappen on track for a third consecutive drivers’ title, while Red Bull’s dominance appears certain to keep the Dutchman in title contention at least until new regulations are implemented in 2026.

Verstappen questioned whether being an F1 driver was genuinely “a good life” in April, amid his displeasure with the sport’s expanding calendar and alterations to the format – and rising number – of Sprint weekends.

This is what he had to say

“I love racing otherwise I wouldn’t be on the simulator at home doing other kinds, but that’s the thing, I also like doing other kinds of racing, not only Formula 1,” said Verstappen, who is now in his ninth season in F1 has become the sport’s youngest driver when making his debut aged 17 in 2015″

“I know that I will be 31 when it’s the end of my contract. At that point already I will have been in F1 a very long time and it’s a lot of work. It’s traveling a lot, not only the races but in between you’re traveling to the factory, you have marketing commitments and I’m really a person who loves to be at home.

“I like to be competitive, and I like to win but if you can’t fully motivate yourself to get to every race, then that’s the point you have to question yourself, ‘Do you really want to continue?'”

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