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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were close to being TEAM-MATES says Mercedes boss as he reveals what blocked move

, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were close to being TEAM-MATES says Mercedes boss as he reveals what blocked move

Toto Wolff reveals missed opportunity to sign Verstappen

Toto Wolff, the boss of Mercedes, has admitted that he missed out on signing Max Verstappen when he was a young driver. Wolff revealed that he couldn't offer the Dutchman a guaranteed seat at Mercedes at the time, as the team already had Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Verstappen eventually joined Red Bull's junior team in 2014.

Mercedes happy with Hamilton and Rosberg

Wolff explained that Mercedes were satisfied with their driver lineup, with Hamilton and Rosberg, and didn't have a second team on the grid to offer Verstappen a spot. He said that although there were discussions with Verstappen and his father, the team ultimately couldn't give him a seat. Mercedes did offer support in F2, but Red Bull was able to offer Verstappen a seat at Toro Rosso.

Verstappen's path to Red Bull

Verstappen eventually joined Toro Rosso in 2015, and Rosberg unexpectedly retired the following year after winning the title. Wolff admitted that he can't be certain if Verstappen would have chosen Mercedes had he not already joined Red Bull. He likened this uncertainty to not knowing the stock market's future performance.

Ricciardo to race in Singapore with a broken hand

Despite breaking bones in his left hand 20 days ago during a crash at the Dutch GP, Daniel Ricciardo will still compete in this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix. The Australian driver underwent an operation and is currently undergoing rehabilitation. During his recovery, he is assisting the team with engineering duties, while Red Bull's reserve driver, Liam Lawson, fills in at AlphaTauri.

, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were close to being TEAM-MATES says Mercedes boss as he reveals what blocked move

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