In the wake of Lewis Hamilton’s surprising move to Ferrari, Mercedes finds itself with a challenging conundrum ahead of the 2025 Formula One season. Speculations abound with names like Alex Albon, Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso, and Italian Formula 2 driver Kimi Antonelli. Three-time World Champion Max Verstappen is now the latest driver rumoured to be joining the Silver Arrows despite having a contract with Red Bull Racing until 2028. The Dutchman’s father, Jos, is allegedly unhappy with the scandal-hit F1 team.

By Asian Motorsport

Tensions have escalated around Red Bull Racing, with multiple controversies and allegations surrounding Team Principal Christian Horner. Jos Verstappen has allegedly expressed concerns about the situation, suggesting that the team is in danger of being torn apart; however, with further rumours surrounding the ongoing saga, a high level of uncertainty exists around the reigning F1 Teams’ Champions.

Verstappen Sr. has faced legal issues in the past, including an incident in 1998 where he and his father were found guilty of assault after a karting track altercation resulting in a fractured skull. Jos Verstappen was later charged with assaulting his wife, Sophie Kumpen, in 2008. While not found guilty of assault, he was convicted of threatening Kumpen in text messages and violating a restraining order. In 2012, he was accused of attempting to murder another former partner by driving a car into her; however, this charge was later withdrawn.

Amidst this backdrop of intrigue and drama, speculation has arisen about Max Verstappen potentially leaving Red Bull Racing if tensions persist. Individuals within the world of Formula One, such as Gerhard Berger, have hinted at a scenario where Verstappen could move to Mercedes if key figures, including Helmut Marko and Adrian Newey, decide to leave Red Bull Racing. Adding to the intrigue, FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem allegedly asked Max Verstappen to publicly back Horner during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend.

Mercedes Team Boss Toto Wolff has acknowledged the potential for a move, but emphasised that the driver’s priority is the quickest car, which is currently perceived to be with Red Bull. With George Russell having already secured his drive with the Silver Arrows for 2025, Wolff faces a challenging decision ahead of him for one of the hottest seats in Formula One.

Header photo credit: Dutch Photo Agency / Red Bull Content Pool

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