Wolff: Verstappen’s values may not allow him to stay at Red Bull

Toto Wolff admits he’s willing to wait for Max Verstappen to join Mercedes amidst continuing speculation on Verstappen’s departure from Red Bull.

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes that Max Verstappen must decide where his priorities lie as speculation goes on about his Formula 1 future.

Wolff’s comments come off the back of the ongoing turbulent atmosphere at Red Bull, in light of allegations of misconduct against team principal Christian Horner.

Despite the complaint against Horner having been dismissed following an internal investigation, the situation at the Milton Keynes-based team is yet to settle down, having instead been exacerbated by comments from Verstappen’s father, Jos Verstappen.

“In due course, Max, Jos and Raymond [Vermeulen, Verstappen’s manager] will have to decide what their priority is: the car, the results, or certain values within the team that may or may not be respected and that they consider important,” Wolff told De Telegraaf.

“Knowing them quite well, I think Max and Jos are very attached to some clear values.”

Max Verstappen and Jos Verstappen ahead of 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Max Verstappen and Jos Verstappen ahead of 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Wolff willing to wait for Verstappen

The Mercedes team principal has been vocal in his hopes that Verstappen will depart Red Bull in favour of Mercedes, given the team’s loss of Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari for 2025. 

Verstappen, who leads the drivers’ championship by four points ahead of the 2024 Japanese Grand Prix, has a Red Bull contract until the end of 2028.

“I’m waiting for him. A few months ago I would never have expected to be able to say that,” said Wolff.

“I don’t want to speculate too much on his thoughts or put pressure on him. Now he is in the best car and has a very good relationship with Red Bull, just maybe the whole working environment at the moment is not as it should be.”

Jasmine Hughes
Jasmine Hughes
Experienced in digital content creation, Jasmine Hughes has written for a number of online publications, joining Total Motorsport in 2024. She previously served as FormulaNerds' Formula E Editor, leading coverage of the 2023 Formula E season. She has been watching Formula 1 since the age of 4, after falling in love with Fernando Alonso's blue-yellow Renault R25.
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