Oliver Mintzlaff, the CEO of Red Bull, was criticized by Toto Wolff over Mercedes’ pursuit of Max Verstappen.

Toto Wolff, the head of Mercedes Formula One, has reacted to remarks made by Oliver Mintzlaff, the CEO of Red Bull, criticizing his pursuit of Max Verstappen. In the midst of rumours and disturbances within the Red Bull camp, Mercedes has been openly courting Verstappen, which is why managing director Mintzlaff told Wolff to back off.

In an interview with Germany’s Bild, Mintzlaff stated, “I understand the pressure that Toto Wolff – and maybe other teams – are under after years of trailing.”



Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 5, Chinese Grand


Toto Wolff, in my opinion, ought to focus on his personal struggles since he already has enough of them.

It is inappropriate to continually discuss players from other teams; it is also an issue of respect.

At the Miami Grand Prix, Wolff responded to a question regarding Mintzlaff’s remarks by saying, “I don’t know what this guy is reacting to.” It has no bearing on me.

Wolff emphasized that every team competing in Formula One has their eye on the three-time world champion.

“I believe he is for every team here. The Austrian went on, “I don’t think he should depart in 2025, as I’ve mentioned before.

He needs to choose a choice because he is currently the top driver. Maybe there won’t even be a choice to be made, and everything will continue just as it is. That is not a guidance for us, though.

Verstappen is contracted with Red Bull through 2028, although Mintzlaff stated he has “no concerns” about Verstappen wanting to leave the company.

Mintzlaff continued, “Max wants the fastest car.” That is what we have.


Second placed Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing on the podium. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 6, Miami Grand Prix,


Max aspires to win a world championship. The best opportunity for him to do that is with us.

Max is an obedient man. He is aware that Helmut Marko and Christian Horner have always had faith in him, and he is grateful for it.

And he has a strong sense of brand identification with Red Bull, which is fantastic.

Therefore, there are plenty of arguments in favor and none against.

Wolff refuted reports that he had a meeting scheduled with Verstappen to talk about his future, even though he acknowledged he would “love” to sign the Dutchman to replace Lewis Hamilton.

He said, “There won’t be a meeting on Monday. I can’t comment too much on it.”

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