Max Verstappen has signed a new three-year Formula 1 contract extension with Red Bull Racing, taking him up to the start of the 2020 season.

Verstappen, 20, has spent the entirety of his F1 career under Red Bull's umbrella, racing for its Toro Rosso B-team before making the step up to its senior outfit midway through 2016.

Verstappen became F1's youngest race winner in history on his Red Bull debut and claimed his second win for the team earlier this month in Malaysia, making him a firm star for the future.

The Dutchman's contract had been due to expire at the end of next year, only for Red Bull to announce on Friday ahead of practice for the United States Grand Prix that Verstappen would be extending his deal.

"Red Bull has always shown their faith and belief in me with actions; 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, and then the opportunity to race with Red Bull Racing where I had such a dream start with this team," Verstappen said.

"They have always backed me and my ambition and I know we share that ambition. Their support, from the guys and girls in the factory through to the crew in the garage, no matter what plays out on the race track, has always been 100 per cent. We've also had some fun times!

"I'm very happy to commit further to Red Bull Racing and I'm looking forward to working together to enjoy more success in the years to come."

Team boss Christian Horner added: "We are delighted that Max has agreed to extend his contract with Red Bull Racing. We had a phenomenal start together in Spain last year and Max has only pushed on from there. It 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 last month.

"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. Coupled with a committed work ethic and a mature approach to learning his craft that belies his years, Max is right to be hungry for success and we are looking forward to extending that journey with him in our hunt for Formula One World Championships.

"As we now look to the long term with Max he is in the best place in the sport to build a team around him to deliver our shared ambition."

 

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