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Toto Wolff not ruling out making future move on Leclerc, Verstappen

2020-02-18 06:30
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Toto Wolff. Image: TeamTalk

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has refused to rule out making a move for either Red Bull's Max Verstappen or Ferrari's Charles Leclerc in the future.

Verstappen and Leclerc both signed long-term contract extensions with Red Bull and Ferrari during the off-season to end any immediate chance of some big driver moves for 2021, with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel also into the final year of their current deals.

But while the contract lengths of Verstappen and Leclerc's new deals signify a statement of intent from their teams, Wolff does not necessarily see either driver as completely off the market.

Complex contracts

Wolff told Auto Motor und Sport: "I would be surprised if both of these young drivers have committed to their teams for five years and closed the door to everywhere else. Contracts are often more complex than the media portrays.

"As long as we have a fast car, because this is our first priority, we will always have a situation where we can choose who drives it."

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But, when thinking of potential Mercedes drivers in seasons to come, Wolff also made sure to mention the team's junior ranks as another viable option.

Wolff added: "We have some juniors we rely on who have done a really good job, like George Russell who drove absolutely faultlessly at Williams and Esteban [Ocon] as well. So we have a pool of young drivers that we can access."


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