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Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff says there is currently no possibility to field a super team that includes Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the German manufacturer. Verstappen committed his future to Red Bull until 2023 by signing a new contract over the winter, while Hamilton is expected to agree fresh terms to continue his successful partnership with Mercedes.
Speaking on Formula 1’s Beyond The Grid podcast, Wolff addressed the prospect, insisting that Mercedes is happy with its current driver pairing of Hamilton of Valtteri Bottas and is excited by its up-and-coming juniors George Russell and Esteban Ocon.
“The situation around Max doesn’t provide any opportunity now,” Wolff explained. “He’s bound to Red Bull, I respect his loyalty a lot. I think it’s important for Red Bull to have Max. There is a lot of narrative around that and Red Bull picked him up from very early on when he joined Toro Rosso, so the situation is what it is, it’s good for him and good for us.
“Valtteri does a great job and Lewis does a great job for us, and they are both at the peak of their performance levels. Then we have juniors that are coming up that have been with us for many years and could be the future for us, and this is what we look at.”