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BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 03: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing (C), Second placed qualifier Carlos Sainz of Spain and Ferrari (L) and Third placed qualifier Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren (R) attend the press conference after qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on June 03, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) Goat

Verstappen on Ferrari switch: Never say never

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 03: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing (C), Second placed qualifier Carlos Sainz of Spain and Ferrari (L) and Third placed qualifier Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren (R) attend the press conference after qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on June 03, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) Goat

Max Verstappen insists he is currently happy where he is at Red Bull, but when asked if he could emulate Lewis Hamilton with a Ferrari move, never say never was the answer.

Verstappen’s sentiments regarding a potential future Ferrari drive simply shows that every Formula 1 driver, at some point of his career, be it at its beginning, the middle, or its twilight, would want to drive for Ferrari, Hamilton being of the latter.

Verstappen is currently enjoying a dominant streak with Red Bull, already on his third F1 Title and gunning for a fourth in 2024, so any thought of a move to any other team, but who knows what the future holds.

Speaking to Motorsport.com, and when asked whether he would consider a move to Ferrari, the Dutchman said: “I don’t want to sound disrespectful or whatever. I have a lot of respect for the brand Ferrari, but I’m very happy where I am at the moment.

“I’m comfortable in the environment that I’m in, so for me, it’s not something that I’m looking for, to change,” he insisted. “But again, in my life also, I know from what I’ve experienced so far, I never say never with things. But for me now, it’s not even in my in my head.

“But again, it’s only Formula 1. I want to do more things than Formula 1 as well,” Verstappen mused.

After previously saying that Hamilton’s final season with Mercedes will be awkward, Verstappen commented further on the Briton’s Ferrari move.

He said: “At the end of the day, if someone wants to drive a Ferrari and especially someone like Lewis, having achieved so much, if that’s his dream and goal, and again, we don’t know the talks that they had right at Mercedes, at Ferrari, what has been promised, what they think is coming… so you can’t give an honest assessment from our side why you make that decision.

“But if he’s happy with that move, then he should go, I think it will look cool. And of course, I hope for them that it’s going to be success. But you don’t know at the moment,” Verstappen concluded.

Verstappen’s 2024 F1 season will be his ninth with Red Bull, while Hamilton starts his 12th and final season with Mercedes.