The news of a special exit clause that would allow Max Verstappen an early departure from Red Bull in the case of average results, puts this year Formula 1 driver market in a new light. Perhaps nothing will happen, but maybe we’ll see the gigantic transfers of the F1 greatest  stars…

According to the Spanish media, the contract between Max Verstappen and Red Bull contains a special clause according to which the Dutchman could talk about a possible transfer to any of the competing teams if he does not succeed race win before the Hungarian GP.

The existence of the clauses in the Verstappen’s contract was confirmed by the Dutchman’s management in the meantime, also the driver’s father Jos already mentioned the possibility of early departure from Milton Keynes.

Max Verstappen is considered one of the greatest talent in the history of the motorsport and with such a driver, both Ferrari and Mercedes would solve the issue of drivers lineup for the next decade. The fact is that both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are no longer the youngest, and Verstappen is offered as an ideal choice for the successors of both superstars.

In the meanwhile, there is also Fernando Alonso who made it clear that he is interested in exclusively racing with a car that will allow him to fight for the title of world champion. Although Spaniard is also considered as an elite driver, on the other hand, he is also not a young gun anymore. For some time, there have been rumors of Alonso returning to Ferrari, which based on another average season for Scuderia, does not seem impossible anymore.

Sebastian Vettel has a contract with Ferrari for 2020, but we all know that the Formula 1 contracts do not apply much. The German contract also contained a special clause, according to which both Vettel and Ferrari can terminate the agreement early. In Maranello, this clause has been used many times, and there would be no surprise if they will do so in the case of Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel can often be seen lately in the Red Bull Motorhome, a team with whom the German won four consecutive titles of the world champion. In the case of Verstappen’s departure to Mercedes, Milton Keynes will need a new leader, and Vettel could decide to end his successful career with Red Bull.

The summer is here and Formula 1 enters the annual “silly season” period. Perhaps nothing will happen, but we’ll see fireworks worthy of the pinnacle of Motorsport.

Alonso to Ferrari, Verstappen to Mercedes, Vettel to Red Bull?

 

Former Renault boss Flavio Briatore is convinced that Fernando Alonso retired from Formula 1 too early since he is still racing at an extremely high level. The former Spaniard manager believes that his long-standing client is the best driver in the world, better than the current F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Alonso announced his decision last year to retire from Formula 1 and Briatore believes, that the Spaniard has not yet achieved what he could.

In my opinion, he farewell too soon, as he has a lot to offer. In Formula 1, things can change incredibly fast. I wish that he’ll go to Mercedes or Ferrari where he could fight again for the title. At his highest level, he is better than Lewis Hamilton and also more consistent. I’m sure he will come back, but only if he has a good car. He is not interested in battle for points because he wants to win.

Lewis Hamilton said his refusal to accept anything other than the very best led him to ignore Mercedes‘ guidance during the French Grand Prix and push for the fastest lap right at the end of Sunday’s dominant victory at Circuit Paul Ricard.

Hamilton won the race by 18 seconds from Valtteri Bottas and tried to take the extra point for fastest lap on his final tour of Paul Ricard, despite being informed that Sebastian Vettel had pitted from fifth to fit soft tyres and go for it.

With hards fitted, Hamilton did indeed set a new fastest lap, and Vettel was only able to top it by two hundredths, later claiming a battery issue had…

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Pierre Gasly had a French Grand Prix to forget, adding plenty of fuel to the fire regarding rumours that he may fail to see out the 2019 season with Red Bull. Gasly finished 11th in Le Castellet, but was promoted to a point-paying place by Daniel Ricciardo‘s post-race penalty.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner could not add any gloss to Gasly’s performance in his home race, revealing his disappointment at Gasly’s inability to make good on the track position given to him by smart strategy and a rapid pit-stop.

Gasly was promoted from Toro Rosso in the aftermath of Daniel Ricciardo’s shock departure to Renault and Red Bull have made little secret of the fact that the move came earlier than they had hoped for the Frenchman.

He has struggled to get up to speed

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The McLaren team posted a photo on its Twitter profile on the occasion of the victory of Alain Prost at the 1984 Monaco GP which immediately took the stormy reactions of many F1 enthusiasts.

Why?

Well known logo of Marlboro cigarettes, a long-standing sponsor of the team, a brand of the tobacco concern Philip Morris, was removed from the historical photograph.

On the other hand, McLaren did not opt out of the Gitanes cigarettes brand, which is also shown in the photo.

 

Source: MsportXtra on Twitter