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Schumacher: Mercedes would be a ‘very good’ alternative for Max Verstappen

Rumours linking the Dutch driver with a move to Mercedes have been circling following unrest at Red Bull.

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Former Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher has claimed that Mercedes would be a ‘very,very good’ alternative to Red Bull for Max Verstappen, should the current world champion decide to move on from the team.

The three-time world champion has been linked with a move away from Red Bull following a string of recent controversies surrounding the team.

Mercedes have been the name on everyone’s lips with team principal Toto Wolff having Verstappen at the top of his list to replace the outgoing Lewis Hamilton.

With rumours continuing to circulate in the Formula 1 world, brother of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, Ralf Schumacher has been the latest to have his say on a potential move.

“Max Verstappen speaks German, and therefore Mercedes is a very, very good alternative for him,” said the German, speaking to Sky in Germany.

“And he would also fit in well, especially his personality. But it’s not that far yet. “And by the way: theoretically he has to first get out of the contract.

“Helmut Marko could of course do that too, because his contract is basically linked to Max Verstappen.

“I also don’t think they would stand in his way at Red Bull if he wanted to leave.”

The relationship between Verstappen and Red Bull have always been extremely strong, with the team almost built around the needs of the Dutchman.

Cracks have been beginning to form however, with a fallout forming between Jos Verstappen, the father of Max, and Christian Horner.

Winning run comes to an end

Verstappen hasn’t let any rumours impact his form however, winning the first two races of the 2024 season in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The world champion was set to match his own record of 10 grand prix victories in a row in Australia, however, break failure would mean that his race in Melbourne would come to a pre-mature end.

“Of course it was a small thing, of course it was a coincidence,” continued Schumacher, speaking about the incident.

“But it also shows that this whole discussion about team boss Christian Horner is not leaving the team unscathed.

“There is talk of a careless mistake when screwing the brakes together, but of course we don’t know anything more precise.

“What we know for sure is that the team is still pretty divided, that there are tensions with Max’s father, and that Max is thinking about an alternative.”

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