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Some F1 stars remain involved in the sport once their racing days have come to and end, but Verstappen has no intention of working as part of a team in the paddock when he reaches that stage

Max Verstappen has ruled out the idea of working as an adviser to a Formula 1 team or any other role in the paddock once his racing days are over.

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Current Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko is an example of a former F1 racer who still works in the sport as part of team management, having managed the youth development programme for more than 20 years. A more recent example is Jenson Button, who joined Williams last year as an ambassador.

Others prefer to wash their hands of the F1 world completely as they leave, such as Kimi Raikkonen who couldn’t wait to get out of the paddock environment as he called time on his storied career. It seems Verstappen might have something similar in mind, as he spoke about what retirement might one day hold for him.

The Dutchman feels it would be nice to “be competitive at a nice age”, like his father Jos who still takes part in some racing series’ in his spare time.

But he plans a clean break with F1 one day, telling Dutch magazine FORMULE 1 : “You will not see me again as an analyst or in a team role. No way.

“I don’t have the motivation for that. If I don’t drive myself anymore, I want to do other fun things.” After explaining that he would want to “step away from [the paddock] for a while”, Verstappen added: “Your whole life revolves around racing now, Formula 1, you name it… at some point you are done with that.”

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The 2021 world champion still has many years left in his racing career, and does not even turn 25 until the end of September. He has a guaranteed seat on the grid for the foreseeable future as well, having penned a mega new deal over the winter which will see him race for Red Bull until at least the end of the 2028 season.

Given his youth there has been talk of Verstappen perhaps going for motorsport’s ‘triple crown – winning the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hour of Le Mans. He has already completed the first of those, but has himself ruled out the idea of chasing that fabled achievement.

“I never had the desire to get the triple crown,” he said. “At least, not the IndyCar race. I do appreciate what they do. It’s insane, those drivers… I have a lot of respect for what they do, but for me now that I’ve been in F1 for so long, I don’t need to risk my life or get an injury to my legs or anything. It’s not worth it anymore.”

The past year has had hard moments for Naomi Osaka, but the tennis star was full of gratitude after finishing as runner-up in her most recent tournament, the 2022 Miami Open. The former world No. 1 fought her way to her first final since the 2021 Australian Open more than a year ago, and though she ultimately lost to Poland’s Iga Swiatek 6-4, 6-0, Osaka celebrated the moment. “Just to be in a final again, it means a lot to me,” she said during her speech after the match on Saturday, April 2.

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Heading into the final, Osaka had let her Instagram followers know she was “so grateful” to have made it that far. “Cheers to the ups and downs of life for making me appreciate this moment even more,” she captioned a post, in part. The next day, in her runner-up speech, she thanked fans for their support by letting them know her trophy was for them.

“I want to dedicate this one to all the people that support me, my fans,” she said. “I know I haven’t been in this position for a little minute. … I know this isn’t the outcome that you guys wanted, but I don’t know, I’m having a lot of fun up here, so I hope that I can keep working hard and get more opportunities to be in a situation like this again.”

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It has indeed been “a little minute” since Osaka last played in such a big match. After starting off last season with her fourth grand slam win in February 2021, she opened up about facing mental health challenges in the months that followed. She opted not to participate in press conferences at the 2021 French Open, and then withdrew from the tournament entirely because of the backlash. After skipping Wimbledon, Osaka had another disappointing loss at the Tokyo Summer Games, where the pressure was on for her to win in her home country. Then, at the next major, the U.S. Open, she lost in the third round and announced that she needed a break, noting that wins weren’t making her happy anymore and losses were making her “very sad.”

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In her Miami Open speech, Osaka also alluded to some of her struggles, including a recent heckling incident that left her in tears at the BNP Paribas Open last month. She called her team “the rock that stays by my side” through disappointments like that. “They’re the ones that keep pushing me forward,” she said. “Thank you guys so much.”

Osaka was also gracious to her opponent, Swiatek, who is about to take over as the new No. 1. As she congratulated her, she recalled a dinner they’d had together in Australia and let Swiatek know that both she and her team are doing a great job. “You’re a really incredible, amazing person, and I hope that you guys keep going forward,” she said.