Rumor circuit | ‘Jos Verstappen speaks with Wolff, now that Mercedes has a spot available’

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Rumor circuit |  'Jos Verstappen speaks with Wolff, now that Mercedes has a spot available'

In Formula 1 there is a lot of speculation about transfers of team bosses and drivers. Young drivers also sometimes want to be put forward as potential replacements for drivers on the current grid. At the Rumor Circuit you can read all the latest suggestions regarding the future of Formula 1.

Sunday March 3:

‘Jos Verstappen speaks with Wolff, now that Mercedes has a spot available’

According to the Italian Corriere della Sera, Wolff has his eyes on Max Verstappen, and the Austrian is starting a charm offensive through Jos Verstappen. Although the previously good relationship between Verstappen senior and Wolff was significantly damaged during the 2021 season, several factors play a role in the latest developments: firstly, Lewis Hamilton is leaving after 2024, which could alleviate a major conflict for the Verstappens, and also the Unrest about Christian Horner would not have gone down well with dad Verstappen. Jos Verstappen previously said that ‘it cannot continue like this’.

“Jos’s opinion is clear: replace Horner,” the Italian newspaper said. ‘Jos has already had discussions with Toto Wolff, Wolff’s arch rival, in the paddock. This is also happening in front of the cameras, now that Mercedes has a spot available for 2025, as Hamilton has already signed with Ferrari. In the past the relationship between Horner and Jos Verstappen was good, but then disagreements arose about the vision of the team.’ Wolff has praised Max Verstappen extensively several times, including after the race.

Monday February 12:

‘Ferrari has Red Bull’s technical director in mind’

Ferrari is working in the background to bring Pierre Waché, the technical director of Red Bull Racing, to Maranello, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport. The Italian racing team has already made a big move by signing Lewis Hamilton for 2025, but Ferrari is not ready yet. The newspaper reports that the team already made an attempt last year, but that Waché refused. However, the engineer is now not reluctant to consider a switch. If the new attempt turns out to be unsuccessful, Enrico Balbo is also on the list. He currently holds the role of head of aerodynamics at Red Bull.

Saturday February 3:

‘Hamilton’s Ferrari deal could reach value of 400 million’

After Lewis Hamilton signed Ferrari’s paperwork on February 1, the rumor mill is running at full speed regarding the salary of the seven-time world champion. According to Sportune.20minutes.fr, it appears that it is a contract worth eighty million euros per year, and later Hamilton’s projects off the track will also be supported by Ferrari. CEO John Elkann is said to have agreed to an investment of 250 million euros in Hamilton’s future projects, making his total deal with Ferrari worth around 400 million euros.

Thursday February 1:

‘Ferrari wants to do everything it can to bring Hamilton to Maranello before 2025’

Frédéric Vasseur had indicated that he wanted to give both drivers certainty before the 2024 season starts. Charles Leclerc has earned his contract extension, but there are obstacles in the talks with Carlos Sainz. However, this is not due to the Spaniard’s demands, but to the fact that Vasseur and John Elkann, CEO of Ferrari, want to do everything they can to bring Lewis Hamilton to Maranello, reports Formu1a.uno. The Brit has often been linked to Ferrari, but he has never been close to a switch.

Last year, the seven-time world champion also extended his contract with Mercedes, but that does not seem to be a problem for Ferrari. The Mercedes driver has signed a one-year contract with an option for another season. It should then be possible for Hamilton to drive for Ferrari in 2025. Given the previous rumors, it remains to be seen whether a switch can happen. Will Buxton has indicated that sensational news is coming. It is unclear whether this has anything to do with this situation.

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