Wolff Open to Verstappen Joining Mercedes: Anything Possible

Toto Wolff, Mercedes team boss, does not dismiss the possibility of Max Verstappen joining Mercedes in the future, emphasizing that a driver’s choice is heavily influenced by the competitiveness of the car, amidst ongoing turmoil at Red Bull Racing.

Highlights

‣ Max Verstappen has a contract with Red Bull Racing until 2028, but there’s a clause allowing him to leave if the car is no longer competitive.

‣ Toto Wolff, Mercedes team boss, emphasizes the importance of a competitive car for a driver’s choice, hinting at the possibility of Verstappen joining Mercedes if conditions are right.

‣ Wolff’s recent interaction with Jos Verstappen, Max’s father, suggests a potential thawing in relations between Mercedes and the Verstappen family, despite past tensions.

‣ Ralf Schumacher speculates that internal turmoil at Red Bull could lead to Verstappen seeking a new team, with Mercedes being a possible destination.


Max Verstappen’s got a deal with Red Bull Racing. It’s locked in until 2028. But, you know, Helmut Marko let slip that there’s a loophole. If Red Bull can’t keep their car competitive, Max might just bail.

Mercedes’ Toto Wolff has his eye on the situation. He’s pretty clear that the car’s performance is king when it comes to a driver’s loyalty. So, he’s not tossing the idea of Verstappen jumping ship to Mercedes out the window.

Right now, there’s a bit of a storm brewing around the Austrian Formula 1 team. With Lewis Hamilton eyeing the exit, Wolff’s being quizzed about Verstappen wearing Mercedes silver in 2025. “The driver will always chase the quickest car,” he says. And right now, that’s Red Bull. But, things change.

### Wolff’s not saying no to a Verstappen switch

After the Bahrain Grand Prix, Wolff and Jos Verstappen, Max’s dad, were caught in a chit-chat. Post-Silverstone 2021, their relationship was frostier than a winter in Lapland. But Wolff was just dishing out congrats on Max’s stellar performance. “Max is in a league of his own,” he admits, showing respect despite past tensions.

When prodded again about Verstappen possibly donning Mercedes gear in 2025, Wolff cracks a sly smile. Despite Verstappen’s long-term Red Bull contract, he hints, “Anything’s possible.”

Ralf Schumacher weighs in, sensing the chaos at Red Bull. He muses about Verstappen possibly craving a fresh start. “Team structures are like glass,” he points out. “One crack and it all shatters.” He’s watching Red Bull, wondering if it’s about to crumble.

So, there you have it. The F1 world’s buzzing with speculation and what-ifs. Will Verstappen stay or will he go? Only time will tell, but it sure makes for an interesting season ahead.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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