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Max Verstappen banned from taking part in Red Bull event involving Sebastian Vettel

Max Verstappen banned from taking part in Red Bull event involving Sebastian Vettel

Max Verstappen has revealed he was banned from partaking in the Red Bull event

Max Verstappen has been banned from an upcoming Red Bull event that features Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

Four-time F1 world champion Vettel retired from the sport at the end of last season after a stunning career that spanned 15 years.

On Thursday, Vettel announced on his social media that he will return behind the wheel of an F1 car when he takes part in the Red Bull fan event at the Nurburgring.

The German is set to drive the RB7, the car that won his second world title, whilst Ricciardo is set to drive the Rb8 at the event.

However, there was no place for current F1 champion Verstappen as he reveals he was blocked from taking part by his boss.

The Dutchman said: “I wanted to do it, but I was not allowed by Helmut. He knew that I would try and go to the limits. I would have loved to do it.

I didn't want to start unnecessary issues. I heard this thing was coming up, and Helmut was sitting at the table when it came up, and he said, 'No, no, no, you're not doing that!’”

Verstappen added: “It's also risky to drive here. It just depends on how you hit a barrier. But that's normally not the plan, of course. But hopefully one day I can do it.

“Ideally, that would have been amazing in an F1 car. But if it's not allowed in an F1 car, then maybe one day in a GT3 car.”

After another strong start to the campaign, Verstappen looks likely to bag his third world title in a row as his Red Bull currently looks miles ahead of everyone else on the grid.


When asked whether F1 would lose viewers due to his dominance, Verstappen said: “For the sport in general, I understand of course if people get a bit bored if only one team is dominating. We have seen it also in the past with Mercedes and Ferrari and Red Bull.

“For sure, I hope that more teams can get together. At least then, even if you have a little issue or whatever or you can't get the set-up fully at 100%, there is another team to win.”

The Canadian Grand Prix will take place this weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/Sky Sports

Topics: Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, Formula 1