Dec.8 - Max Verstappen has dropped another hint that he may retire from Formula 1 at the youthful age of just 31.

The reigning and back-to-back drivers' world champion admits that - like former Le Mans winner Fernando Alonso - he is also eyeing the biggest prize in endurance sports car racing in the future.

"If Fernando goes there, he will want to fight for victory in a competitive car," the Dutchman is quoted by Ouest-France newspaper. "And I am exactly the same.

Max Verstappen eyes Le Mans after his F1 retirement

Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the 2022 F1 Grand Prix of Japan

"Formula 1 is a lot of fun and I'm very successful there at the moment," Red Bull driver Verstappen, 25, added. "But I would like to try something else.

"My contract with Red Bull runs until 2028, when I will be 31. I will probably be competitive for a few years after that. But during these years, I want to have other experiences.

"I would like to have a little more fun with less pressure and also with a less tight schedule."

Max's famous father Jos Verstappen won the LMP2 category at Le Mans in 2008 - at the age of 36.

"That's why I don't want to rush either," Max said. "Simply because a lot of things are changing now in endurance racing.

"In my opinion, it's better to wait and see exactly what happens and how it will evolve, and then make a choice."

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