Red Bull Formula 1 chief Christian Horner has confirmed that Max Verstappen’s is tied to the team for “multiple years” following his swift promotion into a race seat for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Red Bull announced last week that Verstappen would be moving up from its junior Toro Rosso team to its senior operation with immediate effect, replacing Daniil Kvyat who moves in the opposite direction.
Verstappen, 18, has made a significant impact since making his F1 debut at the beginning of 2015, piquing the interest of a number of other teams.
However, Horner claimed that Verstappen’s new deal will put an end to any questions about Red Bull’s driver line-up for many years to come.
“Make no mistake about it, he’s one of the hottest properties in Formula 1 at this present time,” Horner said.
“It’s only natural that other teams will show interest in a driver that’s demonstrating his kind of ability and talent.
“I think this move also kills off the driver market regarding Red Bull drivers, certainly for the foreseeable future.”
Verstappen joins Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull, forming what is in Horner’s eyes poised to be one of F1’s most potent driver pairings in years to come.
“A Ricciardo-Verstappen line-up, for me, is potentially is one of, if not the, strongest pairing of future years,” Horner said.
“Of course that depends on how things pan out and develop, and with the regulation change coming for next year and with power units hopefully converging, that provides some great opportunities for this team over the next couple of seasons.”