Max Verstappen set to join Mercedes as his dad spotted in secret Toto Wolff meeting

Mercedes finds itself in need of a new driver following Lewis Hamilton's decision to depart for Ferrari.

Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ team principal, recently engaged in a significant conversation with Max Verstappen’s father, Jos, during the Bahrain Grand Prix, fueling speculations about Verstappen potentially joining Mercedes amidst turmoil at Red Bull Racing.

The uncertainty stemmed from controversies surrounding Christian Horner, Red Bull’s team principal, and allegations of misconduct.

Although Horner was cleared after an investigation, concerns about Verstappen’s future with the team persisted.

Jos Verstappen expressed dissatisfaction with Horner’s leadership, advocating for his dismissal during the Bahrain event.

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Wolff’s interaction with Jos, although described by Wolff as a congratulatory exchange over Verstappen’s recent achievements, hinted at broader implications.

Wolff’s response to inquiries regarding Verstappen’s possible transition to Mercedes in 2025 was enigmatic yet suggestive, stating, “Everything is possible.”

Mercedes finds itself in need of a new driver following Lewis Hamilton’s decision to depart for Ferrari.

Amidst the uncertainty at Red Bull, Verstappen emerges as a potential candidate for Mercedes, as suggested by former Formula One driver Ralf Schumacher.

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Verstappen is contractually bound to Red Bull until 2028, but a break clause could allow him to explore other options, according to team advisor Helmut Marko.

Despite calls for Horner’s dismissal and Verstappen’s reserved support for the team principal, the situation remains precarious.

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Verstappen emphasized his trust in the ongoing process within Red Bull but refrained from further comment, highlighting the need for patience.

Wolff’s interest in Verstappen underscores the potential for a significant shift in Formula One dynamics, positioning Verstappen as a formidable successor to Hamilton at Mercedes.

As discussions and speculations persist, the possibility of Verstappen donning the Silver Arrows in the near future cannot be dismissed.