Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen will remain with the Austrian team, but has often been associated with Mercedes. Valtteri Bottas would then be replaced by the Dutchman or Lewis Hamilton who will retire and must be replaced. Max Verstappen seems like the ideal replacement for this, but Toto Wolff believes that the 23-year-old Dutchman is too important for Red Bull Racing.
At first sight, a duo like Verstappen-Hamilton seems ideal, but who is the first driver and how do you tackle something like that. Something Mercedes does not want too much, they also have two young drivers walking around themselves. George Russell and Esteban Ocon are in the front line to replace a driver at Mercedes.
Max Verstappen has no chance at Mercedes, the team boss confirms. “About the situation with Max, he doesn’t stand a chance with us now,” Mercedes team principal Wolff said during Formula 1’s Beyond The Grid podcast.
He is currently employed by Red Bull and then Toto respects. “He is tied to Red Bull, I greatly respect his loyalty. I think it is important that Red Bull has Verstappen. There is a lot of story around and Red Bull picked him up very early on when he joined Toro Rosso, so the situation is. is the way it is. It’s good for him and good for us. Valtteri is doing a great job and Lewis is doing a great job for us. They are both at the pinnacle of their careers. Then we have juniors coming and who have been with are us and can mean a lot to us in the future, and this is what we are looking at. “
Duo Max – Lewis not working
Wolff also hinted that a duo like Verstappen-Hamilton wouldn’t work, he compares this to 2016 when Hamilton and Rosberg competed for the world title. “That was very difficult, because when you have so much negativity in your team… It just wasn’t going to work and it dragged the whole team down,” said Wolff.
“We got to a point where we said ‘this is just out of the question.’ We talked about it, but the animosity between the drivers was still there, and now even though Nico is retired. That’s why it’s so nice that we haven’t had to deal with this since Valtteri’s accession. “
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