Max Verstappen has refused to rule out moving to Ferrari, after saying he would be open to a move to the Italian team, but only if they are the company with the "fastest car."
The 20-year-old youngster, who currently competes for Red Bull Racing, is currently sixth in the 2017 Drivers' Championship standings following the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, where he finished as runner-up behind Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen has been courted by both Ferrari as well as Mercedes, as a possible recruit for the 2019 season, with the Dutchman linked with a move away from Red Bull.
It is to be believed that Ferrari and Mercedes are willing to offer Verstappen £20m-per-year to race for them, as the pair battle it out in an attempt to convince the driver to depart Red Bull in the coming years.
When quizzed about a potential move to Ferrari, Verstappen hinted that the speed of a car would influence his eventual decision on where his future in Formula One will lie.
Speaking on Sky Sports' Formula One coverage, Verstappen added fuel to the fire of a possible switch to Ferrar, by refusing to dismiss rumours.
Verstappen said: “I just want to be in the fastest car.
“I don’t dislike [the idea of driving for Ferrari] at all.
“I just want to be in the fastest car in Formula 1 because that means you can win races and that’s what I want to do.”
However, Formula One expert Kevin Eason believes that Mercedes are the team who are most desperate to sign up Verstappen.
Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, Eason said: “With every lap that passed [in Malaysia], I could see his price going up.
“I think there’s absolutely no doubt that if Red Bull are going to keep him they need a winning car damn quick.
“They’re also going to have to put a few quid in the pot but I suspect Mercedes have already gone halfway in signing him for 2019.”
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