Max Verstappen has hinted that he has already set a deadline as to when he will retire from F1 despite winning back-to-back world titles. The Dutchman confirmed he didn’t want to be in F1 when he was 35 meaning an exit in 2032 could be on the cards.
Verstappen stressed he was not in F1 to secure a “number of championships” as rival Lewis Hamilton has his eyes set on a record-breaking eighth crown. Speaking to Channel 4, Verstappen said: “It’s not about the number of championships or whatever. It’s also a quality of life.
“We are going to more races. I have a contract until 2028, I’ll be 31, so I do think about if we are heading into this direction with more and more races, do I really want to continue this until I’m like 35? Probably not. Because there’s so many more fun things as well I want to do outside of Formula 1 and I don’t want to be travelling almost my whole year being away from family, friends.
“So I see myself doing this for a few more years, and of course definitely till the end of the contract. But then I’ll definitely make my mind up if I really want to continue to live this lifestyle because it’s very demanding. I like to be at home, I really love being at home, and being away so much it’s sometimes a bit painful.”
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He added: “I’m still only thinking about how to improve this car. I’m thinking about how what are the steps that I need to take to get this team winning again. What is the road map to winning another world championship?
“I’m still fighting for those things and I still feel like I’ve got plenty to go More likely than not, if I stop, I’ll still have fuel in the tank. I don’t think I’ll go until I’m completely burnt out and have nothing left.”