Toto Wolff speaks out on Max Verstappen joining Red Bull

With Lewis Hamilton's departure to Ferrari announced for the season's end, the search for his successor at Mercedes is underway.

In light of speculation surrounding Max Verstappen’s potential move from Red Bull to Mercedes, Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team boss, has offered his insights.

With Lewis Hamilton’s departure to Ferrari announced for the season’s end, the search for his successor at Mercedes is underway.

Despite the rampant rumors, Wolff believes Verstappen – who has been dominating the Formula 1 results – has little reason to leave Red Bull, though he hasn’t dismissed the possibility entirely.

Verstappen, a Dutch racer currently under contract with Red Bull until 2028, finds himself at the center of discussions, partly due to controversies involving Christian Horner, Red Bull’s team principal.

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Horner was recently absolved from allegations of misconduct toward a female colleague, but subsequent leaks of private messages and photos purportedly from Horner have fueled the fire.

These developments led Jos Verstappen, Max’s father, to publicly call for Horner’s resignation, fearing damage to Red Bull’s reputation.

Despite the turmoil, Verstappen clinched the first Grand Prix win of the 2024 season, underscoring Red Bull’s competitive edge.

Wolff remarked on the situation, highlighting the importance of a driver being with the fastest team and hinting at an open future: “The market is very interesting… But we’ll see what happens.”

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Amid the potential reshuffling, George Russell, a current Mercedes driver with a contract through 2025, remains unfazed by the prospect of competing against world champions like Verstappen or Alonso.

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Having already raced alongside Hamilton, whom he regards as the greatest driver of all time, Russell is confident in his abilities: “This is my third season alongside Lewis… So whoever were to line up alongside me next year or the years to come, I welcome the challenge.

“I focus on me and I believe I’m good enough to beat anyone on the grid.”

This situation paints a complex picture of driver dynamics and team strategies in Formula 1, with Mercedes at the heart of speculation about its next moves in the wake of Hamilton’s impending departure.