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.
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.”
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.”