Max Verstappen makes subtle dig at Lewis Hamilton in April
Mario Andretti, 1978 F1 world champion, has vowed to “persuade” Max Verstappen to potentially quit Red Bull and take up another job, after predicting that the Dutchman will win more world championships than Lewis Hamilton. The Brit is currently tied with Michael Schumacher on seven titles, while Verstappen has won the last two.
Andretti, however, believes that the current F1 leader should try his hand away from the championship and will try to tempt him into swapping disciplines. The 25-year-old has indicated his openness to trying out other forms of racing previously and is a member of a sim racing team called Team Redline.
Andretti claimed that he was going to “speak with” Verstappen over competing in the Indy 500 at some point throughout his career, though only after eclipsing both Hamilton and Schumacher to enrich himself into F1 history.
“I mean motor racing is a big, happy family if you will – all the different disciplines,” Andretti told Ziggo Sport. “For me, I’m most interested and curious in doing it all as you can see. I have the passion for all of the top disciplines in the sport, I have friends everywhere.
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“One of these days I am going to speak with Max Verstappen after he wins eight world championships to come here and try to win the 500. I will persuade him.”
Verstappen has the chance to become just the second person in history after Graham Hill to win the Triple Crown, recognised as victories at the Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Verstappen took victory in Monaco on Sunday for the second time in his career, now he only has the other two remaining.
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Verstappen has previously competed in the Virtual Le Mans and stressed the importance of taking part in the event prior to racing in person, though dashed hopes shared by many including Andretti by stating that he has no interest in joining IndyCar or going for the Triple Crown.
“I’ve no desire to chase the Triple Crown – at least, not IndyCar,” Verstappen said last year. “I appreciate what they do. It’s insane. These drivers… I have a lot of respect for what they achieve there but, for me, especially after now being in F1 for such a long time already – I don’t need to risk my life there and potentially injure myself, your legs, whatever…
“It’s just not worth it anymore, let’s say like that. I, of course, try to be good in F1 – I try to be good in whatever I do, but that desire of the Triple Crown or whatever – not interested.”
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