Max Verstappen clarifies Fernando Alonso to Red Bull rumours

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Max Verstappen has dismissed Fernando Alonso’s claims that he was offered a contract by Red Bull for the 2019 season.

Back at the Belgian Grand Prix in August, Alonso claimed that he rejected ’four or five’ different approaches from Red Bull, including two earlier this year to partner Verstappen in 2019.

Red Bull remain adamant that they have not approached Alonso since 2007, with team principal Christian Horner cheekily suggesting that it may have been Toro Rosso knocking on the Spaniard’s door.

Verstappen has now revealed that Alonso, who announced his retirement from F1 back in August, was never part of the discussion for Red Bull going forward.

“Alonso was not an option for 2019. It’s something I know for certain,” Verstappen said at a sponsor event in Holland.

“I think I can get along very well with Pierre (Gasly) and I think they have also evaluated that, so I am satisfied knowing that they have chosen him.”

The 20-year-old Dutchman is the most talented youngster to have broken into Formula 1 in years, but has been hampered by Renault's lack of pace in recent times, with Red Bull unable to challenge Mercedes and Ferrari consistently, prompting next year's switch to Honda power units.

The young superstar currently sits in fifth the Drivers‘ Championship standings just ahead of his teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who will make the switch to Renault for the 2019 season.

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Alonso is expected to make an announcement on his racing future in October, with a switch to NASCAR now reportedly the most likely option.

The two-time world champion has made it evidently clear that he is keen to pursue the final jewel of the Triple Crown by claiming the Indianapolis 500, but it has been reported that NASCAR are preparing a record financial offer that the 37-year-old will not be able to turn down.

Another option for the Spaniard is Formula E, his former teammate Felipe Massa is set to make his electric series debut next season, with the Brazilian one of several ex-F1 drivers to have made the switch.

They include Sebastian Buemi, who was part of Alonso’s victorious Le Mans team this year.

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