Mercedes are going great guns this season. They’ve already won each of the three Grands Prix held at Australia, Bahrain, and China respectively. Lewis Hamilton on his own has won two of them while Bottas clinched a memorable season-opener. The team looks sorted and strong, and as always, happen to be leading the Constructor Standings, something, they haven’t lost from the start of the turbo-era in Formula 1.
To that end, the rumors about Max Verstappen, Red Bull‘s top driver and undoubtedly, an incredible talent in his own right joining the Silver Arrows seem a bit unfounded. Do they not? Then, even when they were a subject of conjecture and for quite some time now, it appears that someone somewhere was perhaps cracking a joke or something- isn’t it?
To that end, Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff has himself laughed off the suggestions that Verstappen was being called in to join the Silver Arrows. And interestingly, the Austrian himself put an end to these speculations sharing that he laughed off the idea with Max Verstappen himself and his father, Joe for company.
So the question now is, where did these rumors emanate from?
Well, it appears that a report in Germany had shared that Red Bull’s senior statesman Helmut Marko had shared that Wolff has called five-time race winner Verstappen several times. Not only that, the report even suggested the idea that the Dutchman had been pursued by Wolff for a few months now.
We had quite a laugh about it all three of us. I haven’t got Max’s number and I’ve never spoken to him on the phone. As Max rightly said I’ve known Jos for a long time and I would consider him a friend.
“We talk about babies and go-karting and when do we put our babies in a go-kart together and which team are we going to set up. There is no talking about Max nor his contract. For the right reasons, Max is very committed to the Honda/Red Bull situation.