With the new regulations set to arrive for the 2022 F1 season, speculations started to rise around the future of Mercedes, considering the driver line-up.
It all started in March, when McLaren’s Zak Brown started speculating that the Silver Arrows will go for Max Verstappen and George Russell from 2022 onwards.
Brown told the Daily Mail “Yes, I think you will see Max and George there in 2022 (…) George is coming out of his deal and Max has a deal he comes out of. You have Max’s experience and youth, you have George’s youth”, with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner responding “that’s pure speculation. And I think it’s a bit early to talk about the 2022 drivers”.
After initially refusing to comment on the subject, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff came out criticizing Brown for his claims.
“Brown is like Christian Horner. They just spread nonsense”, Wolff told Austrian publication oe24.
Refusing to quell the rumors that Brown started, Wolff provided some insight into the relationship between 7 time World Champion Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
“The condition of my pilots is the least of my worries (…) But I can imagine that because the competition between the two is very strong.”
Speculation is part of Formula 1. With Mercedes reporting that they are willing to announce their 2022 driver line-up before the end of the year, it’s only a matter of time before we find out who’s driving for the German team for next season.