And according to the Red Bull chief Helmut Marko, the Mercedes boss will try to speak to the reigning world champion about a shock move, but that it will not be a success.
Marko awaits Mercedes approach for Verstappen
Speaking with sport.de, Marko is preparing for the Dutchman to be contacted by the Silver Arrows to potentially lure him to the team.
"Toto Wolff will try that - but he will be unsuccessful," he said.
As the Austrian puts it, Verstappen has a “good memory” and has not forgotten previous incidents with his rivals, including Mercedes’ allegations about his crash with Hamilton at Silverstone in 2021, or the controversial end to that season in Abu Dhabi that saw the Red Bull driver claim his first world title.
Moreover, Mercedes have struggled to keep up with the world champions since the end of the turbo-hybrid era and Hamilton’s departure indicates that they still may be a way away from challenging them anytime soon.
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