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Max Verstappen’s salary at Red Bull won’t increase dramatically, it seems, even though he is now a world champion driver.

The Dutchman is said to be the second highest-paid driver in Formula 1, behind only Lewis Hamilton, with an estimated annual salary of $25 million.

His current contract runs until the end of the 2023 season, but talks of a renewal are not far off and are part of a broader push by Red Bull to protect its assets and promote loyalty within the team with new long-term contracts. term. .

We’ve already seen team principal Christian Horner recently sign a new five-year deal to stay on as Red Bull boss and Verstappen looks set to be the next high-profile Red Bull employee on the list.

“We are in the process of extending all contracts for five years to ensure continuity within Red Bull,” motorsport adviser Dr. Helmut Marko told Autorevue.

“We will have conversations with Max in the coming weeks. It was difficult to approach his manager because his son and Jos Verstappen were at the 24 hour race in Dubai.

But if Verstappen was hoping for a pay package to rival the estimated $40m annual salary Hamilton reportedly earns, then it looks like those hopes will be dashed.

Marko added: “With Verstappen we are already close to the limit. There comes an end to this.”

Even though there is no big salary increase in the works for Verstappen, Marko is not at all worried about losing him to Mercedes.

“I don’t think Max will change then,” Marko said.

“The events at Silverstone have really damaged the relationship with mercedesespecially Josh. I think that makes him less willing to change. And it can’t be much more expensive anyway!”

Marko also said that Red Bull is prioritizing people over data, knowing that if they can make the team work properly, results will surely follow.

“I do not care about that [the data] more,” he declared.

“I just look at the progress we’re making, which is significant.

“We are known for the fact that we can quickly become a superior team, if we are not at the beginning.

Red Bull has yet to announce its launch plans for 2022, with a report in Italy suggesting the delay is due to the RB18 failing a crash test.

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