Max Verstappen is clearly the most sought-after driver on the grid, with the Dutchman looking more than likely to make it three consecutive world championships come the end of the 2023 season.
With his triumph in Silverstone, the 25-year-old made it eight wins in the opening 10 Grand Prix fixtures and based on his comments, wants Red Bull to show just how important he is to them by virtue of renaming one of their assets after him.
Even in the two races that Verstappen failed to win, he ended up in second position, which not only shows just how dominant the RB19 has been all season, but also pays testament to his own consistency.
His points alone are more than the constructor tally of Mercedes, Aston Martin and Ferrari — Red Bull’s main rivals this season.
It just shows how dominant Max has been on the circuit, but his request is a rather interesting one.
What does Max want?
Two-time world champion Max Verstappen had said back in 2021 that if he won five races at Red Bull’s home circuit in Austria, he would ask the late Dietrich Mateschitz to rename the track after him.
Verstappen did make it to five less than a fortnight ago, having previously ended up on top in 2018, 2019, and twice in 2021.
Mateschitz is, of course, not around anymore and Verstappen’s request will need to be taken up by other members in the Red Bull hierarchy.
“Yeah, I have to talk to the bosses now. So let’s see! I’ll call them tomorrow, one by one,” Verstappen said.
Mateschitz had reportedly invested €250,000,000 ($272,000,000) in the famous Spielberg circuit and while he can’t fulfil Max’s wish himself, it will be interesting to see if any other members from the management grant the Dutchman what he is looking for.