F1 News

Wolff 'advised' Verstappen to sign with Red Bull

Posted on by
Toto Wolff
Toto Wolff
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull RB10 driving at Monaco

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull RB10 driving at Monaco

Toto Wolff has admitted Mercedes came close to signing up F1 rookie sensation Max Verstappen.

Ultimately, the 16-year-old Dutchman and his father-manager Jos Verstappen went with Red Bull's famous driver programme, after Dr Helmut Marko promised him a race seat for 2015 at Toro Rosso.

"We had several meetings with Jos and Max," Wolff, Mercedes' motor sport chief, confirmed to the German newspaper Bild.

"He is certainly a great talent, but we would not and could not guarantee him a seat with us in formula one.

"So I advised them to accept the offer from Red Bull," Wolff confirmed.

Verstappen's signing at a very young age - before he even qualifies for a license to drive a road car - is controversial and it will be a big talking point throughout the Belgian GP weekend.

But F1 legend Emerson Fittipaldi thinks the talented Dutchman can be ready for his record-breaking 2015 debut.

"Today, with all the electronic help, young drivers with talent are able to go very fast right off the bat," he told Brazil's Globo.

"Last year I had the chance to drive a new Lotus and the car is really well balanced.

"The drivers also have a very large support team around them.

"I am good friends with Franz Tost, he has worked with the drivers who later went to Red Bull like Vettel and Ricciardo, so I trust him a lot," Fittipaldi added.

Book discounted tickets and reservate your hotel room in our F1 Tickets Shop.

Please share this article & subscribe to our FREE weekly F1 Newsletter


Latest F1 News posts:

See older posts in our F1 News Archive »

Stay Updated by F1-Fansite!

Buy F1 MerchandiseBuy F1 Merchandise of your favourite driver or team.

Early Booking Discounts on F1 Tickets

Buy F1 tickets cheaper at F1-Fansite.com 2015 Formula 1 Season Early Booking Discounts are:
F1 Grand Prix

Book F1 Tickets Singapore F1 GP Britain '16 Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Italian F1 GP Italy '16 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Hungarian F1 GP Hungary '16 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Belgium F1 GP Belgium '16 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Russian F1 GP Russia'15 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Australia F1 GP Australia '16 Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Spainish F1 GP Spain '16 20% discount Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Monaco F1 GP Monaco '16 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Canada F1 GP Canada '16 Available Book Now


Who will win the Russain F1 GP?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
F1 Polls