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      04-11-2024, 01:31 PM   #1079
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The usually well-informed German magazine Auto Motor und Sport earlier today: Max Verstappen's salary package has been internally approved by Mercedes. Including all success bonuses, it's told to be more expensive than the one of Lewis Hamilton.

This may get Verstappen closer to striking a Mercedes deal soon as F1 driver and brand ambassador for either 2025 or 2026.

Up to Max to decide if he wants to make the move. 2026 regs will reshuffle the field again. IMHO Mercedes could be the proper choice for him.
There's also job satisfaction, sure Merc may or may not be tempting MAX with all sorts of offerings with promises but we know he has pots of money anyway
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There's also job satisfaction, sure Merc may or may not be tempting MAX with all sorts of offerings with promises but we know he has pots of money anyway
A hypothetical move to Mercedes in 2025 won't offer 'instant gratification' for Verstappen (likely a transitional year, fighting for podium places).

But a more competitive Mercedes car can be expected in 2026.
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A hypothetical move to Mercedes in 2025 won't offer 'instant gratification' for Verstappen (likely a transitional year, fighting for podium places).

But a more competitive Mercedes car can be expected in 2026.
The whole situation depends on how strong the Ford PU will be in 2026.
Wolff can wisper to MAX some exciting fairy tales of how strong the Mercedes PU will be .
Just to get MAX in his Mercedes seat !

MAX wants to see the hard facts (of course)! But Wolff can't show him that. (not yet)!

And there's more than just the new 2026 PU. It's also about the complete new 2026 aero package because then active aero is allowed .

Active Aero ?
IMHO , A.Newey is the right man for that (at Red Bull)!
So , at this moment MAX don't wants to gamble .
BTW : As we know , MAX never raced for the money but to win races .
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I hope Newey goes to AM. Lol
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The whole situation depends on how strong the Ford PU will be in 2026.
Wolff can wisper to MAX some exciting fairy tales of how strong the Mercedes PU will be .
Just to get MAX in his Mercedes seat !

MAX wants to see the hard facts (of course)! But Wolff can't show him that. (not yet)!

And there's more than just the new 2026 PU. It's also about the complete new 2026 aero package because then active aero is allowed .

Active Aero ?
IMHO , A.Newey is the right man for that (at Red Bull)!
So , at this moment MAX don't wants to gamble .
BTW : As we know , MAX never raced for the money but to win races .
This. An instant turnaround for a bad Merc design won't be solved should the Merc have slightly more electric motor power in '26.
Ford are on the case too.
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Should be a fun silly season.

Sainz to Merc makes the most sense.

I'm curious to see how the bottom 5 teams shake out though. Does Bottas continue on? Ric has to go. Does Bearman get a seat. Lawson should definitely get a seat. Gasly to Williams to give Sargent the boot? So many questions.
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Should be a fun silly season.

Sainz to Merc makes the most sense.

I'm curious to see how the bottom 5 teams shake out though. Does Bottas continue on? Ric has to go. Does Bearman get a seat. Lawson should definitely get a seat. Gasly to Williams to give Sargent the boot? So many questions.
RIC first gets a new chassis next week in China , and if he still s@cks ...
Then It's over for him !
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In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Lydia Mee, Alain Prost praises Max Verstappen. But the four-time Formula One world champion is disappointed that the Dutchman does not have regular competition.
The Frenchman hopes Mercedes and Ferrari can get back into the fight with Red Bull Racing as soon as possible. "Mercedes and Ferrari have a better chance if, like Red Bull, they find a real first driver and focus more on that. It's a pity they don't have that at the moment. Hopefully next year they will, and then we'll get another great fight."

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Why Prost thinks Verstappen's titles are worthless
In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Lydia Mee, Alain Prost praises Max Verstappen. But the four-time Formula One world champion is disappointed that the Dutchman does not have regular competition.
The Frenchman hopes Mercedes and Ferrari can get back into the fight with Red Bull Racing as soon as possible. "Mercedes and Ferrari have a better chance if, like Red Bull, they find a real first driver and focus more on that. It's a pity they don't have that at the moment. Hopefully next year they will, and then we'll get another great fight."

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