Verstappen reminds his father whose in the driver’s seat

Max Verstappen dismissed Red Bull exit rumors fueled by his father on Twitter recently, insisting that when it comes to his future, he’s the one in the driver’s seat.

Last week, Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko expressed his fears that Verstappen could walk away from the Milton Keynes-based outfit if it can’t consistently fight at the front of the field.

“I always said I’m enjoying myself. Of course, we all know that we need to do better but I believe in the project that we are in with Honda.

“We are just working hard now to step up the performance and we will see in the upcoming races where we will be.

“If you get a bit more power, balance in the car, then it looks a bit different.”

“I’m not even thinking about that,” said the Dutchman.

“At the end of the day it’s not easy, as you see with Ferrari as well, to close the gap.

“Mercedes is at the moment just doing a very good job but I feel very good in the team and it feels like the place to be at the moment. I’m not even thinking about those things.

“I feel good within the team as well I feel very relaxed and I think that also helps.

“You spend a lot of time with each other already over the years so you get to know each other better. Communication is going very well and I’m having a good time.

“We are working hard to improve, we know that we have to improve.

“I think that’s not a secret but we also knew that from the beginning of the year, so it is not like a big shock what is happening now.”