Max Verstappen’s new deal, which is expected to be announced by the end of the week, will take him close to his 30th birthday and net him around £40m a year, putting him on par with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton; world champion begins title defence in Bahrain on March 20
Last Updated: 03/03/22 6:17am
Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen has agreed a new multi-year contract with Red Bull with a signing announcement expected before the end of the week, Sky Sports News understands.
The new agreement will take the 24-year-old close to his 30th birthday and earn him just over £40m a year, putting him on par with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen claimed his first world championship title in 2021 after edging out seven-time champion Hamilton in a controversial finish at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December.
The Dutchman, whose current deal with Red Bull expires in 2023, will begin his title defence on March 20 when the 2022 season gets under way in Bahrain.
Verstappen’s new contract will prevent Mercedes from targeting him as a replacement for Lewis Hamilton should the Briton retire at the end of his current deal in 2023.
Don’t miss Duel on Sky Sports!
The story of Verstappen and Hamilton’s fascinating title tussle last season will be charted in an original two-part Sky Sports documentary airing on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports F1 from 7pm on Sunday, March 6.
Duel: Hamilton vs Verstappen – which is also available On Demand from March 6 and then on Sky Showcase and Sky Documentaries from Monday, March 7 – will include exclusive interviews with Verstappen, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner and Mercedes chief Toto Wolff.
We will also hear from a host of former world champions, plus pundits and journalists as they reflect on one of the greatest Formula 1 seasons of all time and a quite epic title battle.
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Watch Duel: Hamilton vs Verstappen on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports F1 from 7pm on Sunday.