“Can we do it again for the next 10-15 years?” Max Verstappen obviously he exaggerated in Abu Dhabi on the occasion of the honey radio team pronounced a few seconds after crossing the finish line in first position, a result that meant the conquest of the world title. The Dutchman’s wish was not taken literally, but almost. At the end of 2019 Ferrari extended the contract with Leclerc until 2024, Honda in 2020 renewed Marc Marquez until 2024, but the renewal of the 1997 class with Red Bull until 2028 beats all these examples of long-term marriages ever discounted in the world of motorsport.
Obviously we don’t know any exit clauses of this extension valid for the next seven seasons (including 2022), nor the accuracy of the figures that Red Bull will correspond to Verstappen between fixed part and bonus, but for sure the new world champion will be the highest paid driver on the grid. departure (not absolutely looking also to the past, but certainly as regards 2022). A move that will certainly be useful to Verstappen and his management to avoid any crackdown on the part of Liberty Media as regards the salaries paid to the drivers.
In fact, the current is taking hold that should lead to the establishment of an expenditure ceiling to be added to the budget cap as regards the expected pay for drivers. The multi-year renewal of Verstappen with Red Bull until 2028 is also a guarantee against this eventuality, anticipated from the formalization of this new very rich contract valid for the next seven years.
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