Toto Wolff takes over from Verstappen

Mercedes and Toto Wolff point to Max Verstappen as a possible successor to Lewis Hamilton

Toto Wolff, Mercedes Formula 1 team boss, has suggested that the team’s internal work could convince Max Verstappen to join its ranks. With Lewis Hamilton moving to Ferrari next year, Mercedes is looking for a top replacement for the seven-time world champion and big name Verstappen is well received as a candidate.

At a time of tension within the Red Bull team There is a possibility that Verstappen could leave the team. Although he has a contract until the end of 2028, it is understood that there is a clause that allows him to leave if Helmut Marko leaves the team.

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Verstappen’s loyalty to Marko remains strong, even amid the recent turmoil at Red Bull, which also included Jos Verstappen, Max’s father, calling for team boss Christian Horner to be fired following a controversy.

Mercedes sees an opportunity in the new technical regulations for 2026

The introduction of new technical regulations in 2026, which include a major overhaul of the power units, offers Mercedes the opportunity to change the current order on the grid. Wolff sees this as a window to attract VerstappenThis highlights the need for Mercedes to prepare a competitive car that is attractive to Dutch drivers.

“All teams would want Max because he is the strongest driver, that’s logical,” Wolff told OE24. “But the driver will always try to sit in the most powerful car. That’s why we have to do our homework beforehand so that the car performs.”

A future change for Adrian Newey?

With the 2026 regulations there is also the possibility that Mercedes will try to sign Adrian Newey, the renowned Red Bull car designer. Wolff does not rule out this possibility, However, the excellence of the current technical team stands out, even if it is not currently reflected in the lap times.

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Mercedes’ ambition to regain its dominance under the new rules and the possible addition of Verstappen and Newey to its team signals an exciting and potentially dominant future for the team. This approach not only reflects an internal strengthening strategy, but also a direct challenge to competitors in Formula 1.

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