Dutch racing driver Tom Coronel has claimed that if it was up to him, he would go “all out with cash” trying to persuade Max Verstappen away from Red Bull. Verstappen, according to Coronel is “worth all of Ferrari”.
Speaking to RN365, the Dutchman said:
“If I were Ferrari, the director of Ferrari, I would now ask: how much will it cost to buy Max [Verstappen] away from Red Bull? Who says it can’t be done? What is Max’s value? It’s what Ferrari is willing to pay for it. That is in any case the reason why Red Bull has signed him for the long term because then at least you know that you have the best driver in the house.”
He added, saying:
“I’ve seen so many things happen with money! Then you see at once what Verstappen is worth. He is worth infinitely; he is worth all Ferrari. What is Max’s value? It’s what Ferrari is willing to pay for it. That is in any case the reason why Red Bull has signed him for the long term, because then at least you know that you have the best driver in the house.”
Verstappen is currently under a long-term contract with Red Bull that stretches up to 2028 and is unlikely to leave the Austrian outfit. The reigning world champion has expressed his desire to stay with the team throughout his F1 career.
Furthermore, Verstappen is also the joint-highest paid driver on the grid, with his annual salary exceeding $40 million. Hence, it is unlikely that any other team, including Ferrari, is willing to offer more than that.