Adrian Newey’s Departure Sparks Speculation Over Max Verstappen’s Future in F1

Mercedes, eyeing a long-term successor to Lewis Hamilton, has shown interest in Verstappen.

Adrian Newey’s departure from Red Bull Racing has sparked speculation about Max Verstappen’s future in Formula 1.

Verstappen, who has clinched the last three championships with Red Bull and is poised to secure a fourth this year, is contracted with the team until 2028.

However, with Newey’s exit, uncertainties loom over the Dutchman’s tenure and his potential destinations.

Mercedes, eyeing a long-term successor to Lewis Hamilton, has shown interest in Verstappen.

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Complicating matters are the exit clauses in Verstappen’s contract, allowing him to depart if key personnel like Helmut Marko or if dissatisfaction arises with the team’s 2026 project.

Conflicting reports circulate about the extent of Newey’s influence on Verstappen.

While some speculate that Verstappen may follow Newey to his next venture, others suggest Verstappen’s camp is more concerned about retaining technical director Pierre Wache alongside Marko.

Max’s father, Jos Verstappen, expressed concerns over Red Bull’s stability following Newey’s departure, fearing the team might disintegrate, which could unsettle his son.

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Mercedes, sensing an opportunity, is poised to intensify efforts to recruit Verstappen.

They are willing to offer substantial financial incentives, potentially surpassing Hamilton’s salary, and a lucrative ambassadorship deal.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff is even prepared to recruit Wache and retain Marko to entice the 27-year-old.

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Mercedes reportedly plans to meet Verstappen during the Miami Grand Prix weekend, an event where Verstappen aims to extend his winning streak.

Whether Verstappen could switch teams in 2025 or if Mercedes needs to wait until 2026 remains uncertain.

Nonetheless, Mercedes is willing to secure Verstappen’s future by offering a one-year deal to Carlos Sainz to maintain a spot for Verstappen in their lineup.