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Marko: 'We wouldn't give up Max even for 100 million!'

Max Verstappen Helmut Marko
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The silly rumors of Max Verstappen's move to Ferrari just won't go away, but Helmut Marko is doing his best to put them to rest.

Speculation suggests that the Scuderia would be willing to pay millions to secure the services of the young Dutch prodigy and buy him out of his current Red Bull contract which ends at the end of 2019.

But the energy drink company's motorsport boss will have none of it, reiterating Red Bull's inflexible and ironclad position. 

"We would not give max up for 100 million," Marko told Bild.

"We put him into Formula 1 to see his insane potential and development. We want to be world champion with him," he insisted. 

Verstappen's manager Raymond Vermeulen said: "We are, as always, committed to agreements, but this is based on reciprocity with Red Bull.

"We do not talk about contracts but Dr Marko, Max and I know what is agreed.

"Red Bull has one of the best drivers in the paddock, and you can expect us to have the best equipment to become world champion," he added.

The latest rumours come amid Verstappen's obvious frustration with his run of abysmal car reliability in 2017.

"We have told him we are doing everything we can to stop this unbelievable bad luck," said Marko.

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