Russell (Williams) and Ocon (Renault) are both under contract with Mercedes, so it makes sense that Wolff is trying to offer them a future perspective in this way. Bottas still has a commitment to Mercedes until 2021. The contracts of Hamilton and Wolff themselves expire after this season. In particular, the future of Wolff, who also has shares in the Formula 1 team, as team boss is still a big question mark. Internally, discussions with the umbrella organization Daimler are still ongoing.
It is an open secret that the mighty Austrian is a fan of Verstappen. He also maintains a good relationship with his father Jos. “Max has clearly expressed his loyalty to Red Bull Racing,” says Wolff about the Dutchman, who has a contract until 2023, but could leave after next year with a non-competitive car. “When you play for a team, you have to be loyal. That’s how it should be and I didn’t expect anything else. I expect that from my drivers too. ”
Wolff previously announced at the Nürburgring that Mercedes will certainly not supply engines to Red Bull Racing from 2022. The Verstappen team must look for an alternative, now that Honda will stop with it after 2021. In addition to its own factory team, Mercedes will supply engines to Racing Point, Williams and from next year also to McLaren.
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