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Max Verstappen Extends With Red Bull Racing Through 2023

Max Verstappen has signed a contract extension with Red Bull Racing through 2023, the team announced Tuesday (Jan. 7).

Verstappen won on the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit eight times, including three in 2019, and earned 31 podiums. He also placed third in the standings.

“I am really happy to have extended my partnership with the team,” Verstappen said in a team release. “Red Bull believed in me and gave me the opportunity to start in Formula 1, which I have always been very grateful for. Over the years I have grown closer and closer with the team, and besides the passion from everyone and the on-track performance it is also really enjoyable to work with such a great group of people.

“Honda coming on board and the progress we have made over the last 12 months gives me even more motivation and the belief that we can win together. I respect the way Red Bull and Honda work together and from all sides everyone is doing what they can to succeed. I want to win with Red Bull and our goal is of course to fight for a world championship together.”

He’ll be backed by Honda, which will supply Red Bull and Toro Rosso power units through at least the end of 2021.

Team principal Christian Horner said, “It is fantastic news for the team to have extended our agreement with Max up to and including the 2023 season. With the challenge of the 2021 regulation changes on the horizon, continuity in as many areas as possible is key. Max has proven what an asset he is to the team, he truly believes in the partnership we have forged with our engine supplier Honda, and we are delighted to have extended our relationship with him.”

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