Max Verstappen’s new contract a reminder to Mercedes about Lewis Hamilton problem…

'Verstappen gave Hamilton a taste of his own medicine with those actions' Former rival reveals

 

Mercedes have been stung on multiple fronts by Max Verstappen committing his long-term future to Red Bull on Thursday. The Dutchman went toe-to-toe with Silver Arrows star Lewis Hamilton last season, and with age no longer on the Brit’s side, Mercedes may soon be sent back to the drawing board.

 

Verstappen’s loyalty to Red Bull was rewarded with a world title in 2021, their first since Sebastian Vettel in 2013.
This off-season, Red Bull have evidently put things in place to repay the Dutchman’s faith, handing him a bumper new contract worth a whopping £40million-a-year.

That puts him in the same pay bracket as Hamilton, and it is set to run until 2028 when the once prodigious talent will be in his thirties.

 

One does not need to look forensically into the situation to work out why this is good news for Red Bull, but it could also have the double effect of striking fear into bitter rivals Mercedes.

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The prospect of replacing Hamilton was brought into sharp focus recently, when his prolonged silence after being controversially defeated in Abu Dhabi was interpreted by many as a retirement hint.

 

Although his comeback for 2022 was confirmed weeks ago, the prospect of retirement will once again arise at the end of the season, when the Stevenage-born star will be approaching his 38th birthday.
Verstappen is still expected to be flying high for Red Bull at that point, and with plenty of years left in the tank too.

 

Mercedes therefore need to recruit a special talent to offset Hamilton’s departure and remain competitive with Red Bull and their fierce 24-year-old, which raises the simple question – who could they get?

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