A new deal for Max?

The interesting thing about the Verstappen-Kvyat switch is that it removes Max from the driver market. He has a contract with Red Bull for the 2017 season, but after that would be free to sign elsewhere and there is no doubt that Max was on the radar at both Mercedes and Ferrari. I would suggest that the decision to promote Max now means that there was probably a contract renegotiation as well, with more money and an extended deal that will take Verstappen off the market for at least two more years. There may also be an option for 2020 as well. The team hopes that by then it will have a competitive engine and so can again win races.

An amusing response from Ferrari might be to hire Daniel Ricciardo to replace Kimi Raikkonen, which would give the Milton Keynes team a team without much experience…