Austin - Max
Verstappen has signed a contract extension keeping him at Red Bull
until 2020, the team announced on Friday during practice for the United
States Grand Prix.
Verstappen, 20, who last year became the
youngest ever winner of a Grand Prix race, said in a statement:
Bull has supported me from the very beginning. I'm looking forward to
accomplishing more with this team."
The young Dutch Formula One
ace said Red Bull had always shown faith in him, "inviting me in to the
young driver programme as a 16-year-old, then giving me my start in
Formula One when I was just 17."
Verstappen created F1 history in
2016 when aged just 18 years and 228 days he won the Spanish Grand Prix
on his first start for the team, having made his F1 debut the previous
season for sister team Torro Rosso.
News of the new deal comes hot
on the heels of his triumph over Lewis Hamilton at the Malaysian Grand
Prix at the start of this month.
Red Bull team chief Christian Horner reflected on Verstappen's dream debut last year.
"We had a phenomenal start together in Spain and Max has only pushed on from there.
was a great moment for the whole team to see him put the frustrations
of this season behind him in taking that fantastic victory in Malaysia
Horner added: "He is pure racer, with an undeniable
talent at the wheel and a rare instinct for what it takes to compete
consistently at this level."
Verstappen is placed sixth in the
drivers standings on 111 points, with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in
fourth with 192 points ahead of this weekend's race in Austin.