Red Bull chief Christian Horner has played down claims that Max Verstappen will leave to join Ferarri next season and insists the youngster is locked in for a further two years.
The 19-year-old burst onto the scene with Red Bull in 2016 after winning his debut race at the Barcelona Grand Prix before going on to claim a further six podium finishes.
However, he has struggled for consistency in 2017 and a number of different issues have impacted his chances of picking up points.
Verstappen, who is priced at 15.00 to win the British Grand Prix, has been forced to retire from five of the nine events this season and that trend continued last time out in Austria when he was involved in a collision on the first lap.
The Dutchman currently sits seventh in the Drivers’ Championship with 45 points to his name and there are suggestions that he could move on at the end of the campaign.
It has been claimed that Verstappen is keen to link up with Ferrari for 2018 but Horner insists that will not be the case.
Horner has reiterated the fact that the former Toro Rosso man is contracted to the team until the end of 2019 and expects him to see through those terms.
“He has a contract with the team for ’19,” he told ESPN. “After ’19 he is on the open market.”