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The Dutchman has refused to rule out Ferrari move.

Max Verstappen discusses future move to Ferrari amid speculation

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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.”

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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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World's Fastest Gamer
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