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Verstappen could consider joining rivals Mercedes: Wolff

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Shanghai: Red Bull’s three-time world champion Max Verstappen has more depth and so could consider a move to rival Mercedes even though he currently drives the fastest Formula 1 car, German team boss Toto Wolff said yesterday. Speculation that the 26-year-old Dutch could leave the current champion emerged earlier this year after allegations against team boss Christian Horner of misconduct towards a female employee, of which he was later cleared, although they sparked rumors of division within the team. Former champion Mercedes has a vacancy, with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton going to Ferrari in 2025. There are so many factors that play a role in a driver’s participation. And it is clear: if you look at it from the most rational point of view, you can say that it is the fastest car in the hands of the fastest driver,” Wolff said after the Chinese Grand Prix. “But I don’t think that’s the only reason you stay where you are,” he added. “Maybe some people have a little more depth, who also takes other factors into account. I think Max has that.” Red Bull won 21 of 22 races last season with the most dominant car in the history of the sport and the team’s star driver won yesterday’s race. in Shanghai from pole for his fourth victory in five races this year. Wolff said Mercedes had held discussions with many drivers about next year’s vacant racing seat. “As for Max, no, we’re not at the point where we would have discussed it for years or anything,” Wolff said. Team boss Christian Horner described Verstappen as a man driving “on another planet” after the Chinese Grand Prix. “Ultimately we know that (Verstappen) has a contract until the end of 2028.” Horner told reporters in response to Wolff’s comments. “I don’t think Toto’s problems are his drivers. I think he has other elements where he focuses should focus on, rather than focusing on drivers who are unavailable, the Mercedes team boss added that he felt his team would make a particularly attractive proposition from 2026, when new chassis and engine rules come into play. “If I were Max, I would stay with Red Bull in 2025, but I’m not Max,” said Wolff. “Because it’s the fastest car, but there are other factors.”