The Dutchman won his third consecutive title with six rounds left in the 2023 season.

Max Verstappen has refused to rule out an early exit from Formula 1 after winning his third consecutive drivers’ championship.

The third consecutive championship belongs to Verstappen after the Qatar Sprint Grand Prix. McLaren’s Oscar Piastri won the 19-lap event, while the Dutchman dominated teammate Sergio Perez, who mathematically secured the title with six laps remaining.

The 26-year-old driver is now equal to Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and Niki Lauda in terms of world drivers’ championships. With his current rate of success, breaking many records with his Red Bull team, Verstappen will likely become the most decorated F1 driver of all time. But the Dutch driver has not hesitated to consider a possible early retirement from the F1 world. Early in the season, he complained about the FIA’s constant rule changes and threatened to quit the sport.

After being questioned further by Sky Sports following the Qatar Sprint, Verstappen refused to cement his future in F1. Talking about his plan to continue participating in single-seat racing, he said:
“We’ll see what happens.” I am enjoying this moment and we will try to maintain this momentum for a while longer.

Jos Verstappen echoed his son’s thoughts

Max’s father is also a racing driver
in F1. Jos Verstappen has mentored his son from his early days in karting to the present day, and Max has expressed the impact his father has had on his success.

Jos echoed his son’s thoughts about their future in the sport. “We’ll see, we don’t know yet. This is a good thing and we must take advantage of it.

Speaking about his son’s incredible 2023 campaign, Jos continued:
“This year he has been very dominant. He performed very well and we are very proud of him.

“I have known his talent for a long time, even in karting. I think we made the right decisions when he started his career and I have to say that now it’s up to him what he does.

“I have to say I’m really pleased with his strength and the way he worked. Credit definitely goes to Max.

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