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Jos Verstappen explains how Max was convinced by Red Bull to sign a new contract

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Max Verstappen recently put pen to paper on a long-term Red Bull Racing deal that will take the 20-year-old through to 2020.

He's the youngest-ever winner in F1 having debuted at the age of 17 in 2015 - and is being touted as Lewis Hamilton's main challenger next season.

Verstappen is sixth in the standings but has been in absolutely scintillating form towards the end of the season.

The talented Dutch driver won the Malaysian GP and the Mexican GP in October and the upcoming Brazilian GP is where he has produced two performances that live long in the memory.

He earned comparisons to the likes of Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna in 2016 and Brazilian fans will certainly be excited to have him back at Interlagos this weekend.

Both Ferrari and Mercedes were reportedly keen on signing a driver considered to be F1's superstar-in-waiting.

His father Jos Verstappen - who was an F1 driver as recently as 2003 - has explained why his son chose to sign a contract extension with Red Bull.

"I have this feeling that he is getting more and more confident," Verstappen told Autosport.

F1 Grand Prix of Mexico - Practice

"He's even able to play around a bit. This is just great. This is what we want to see.

"This is also the reason why we signed a new contract.

"How they [Red Bull] have managed to turn things around this year, going from - not a bad car because it was not a bad car of course - but from not a really good car to what they have now, that's just superb."

Verstappen Jr. is keeping his feet on the ground amid suggestions that Red Bull could challenge Mercedes next season.

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"I'm still a little bit cautious, but it is going in the right way anyway," he said.

"You never know what [the other teams] are going to come up with.

"I just want to enjoy this end of the season and then we'll see what happens next year."

His teammate Daniel Ricciardo has one more year left with the Austrian constructor and is already being line up to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari or Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes in 2019.

F1 Grand Prix of Mexico - Previews

Ricciardo and Verstappen will definitely have one more year together at Red Bull.

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Max Verstappen
Nico Rosberg
Daniel Ricciardo
Max Verstappen
Valterri Bottas
Lewis Hamilton
Fernando Alonso
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