Verstappen 'not in a hurry' over Red Bull deal
Max Verstappen is set to wait for news on F1's possible changes after 2020 before deciding whether to sign a new deal with Red Bull.
The 22-year-old Dutch driver is desperate to become the youngest world champion in F1, but that is unlikely to happen in 2019 as Mercedes have continued their dominance of the sport, a sequence that stretches back to start of the V6 Hybrid era in 2014.
Verstappen will have a last chance to beat Sebastian Vettel's record of being crowned champion aged 23 years and 134 days next year, before his current contract expires with the Milton Keynes-based outfit.
F1's new regulations will then come into effect ahead of 2021 and it seems Verstappen is happy to wait for more clarity on those changes before he decides where his future in the sport lies.
When asked about a new deal, he told Auto Motor und Sport: "I'm not too worried. First of all, I want to take a close look at everything that has been promised and what actually matters.
"We want to win races next year, and the championship. That's why I'm here. Red Bull and I are working towards that goal.
"But there are so many question marks after 2020: What happens in general with Formula 1? That's why I take my time. I'm not in a hurry."
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