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Wolff adamant that Verstappen will not be caught in 2024

Mercedes finished P7 and P9 at the Japanese Grand Prix

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Toto Wolff is confident that Max Verstappen will not be caught this year as the Mercedes Team Principal believes the outcome of the Drivers’ Championship is already a clear one. 

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Verstappen celebrating his third consecutive Japanese Grand Prix victory in Suzuka. Credit: BSR Agency via Getty Images

After just four races this season, Wolff has already conceded that it is Verstappen’s title to lose in 2024. The Dutchman has won three races so far in 2024 and has a 13-point lead over his team-mate Sergio Perez in the championship.

The Japanese Grand Prix was another disappointing weekend for Mercedes who continue to struggle in the early stages of the campaign.

George Russell and Lewis Hamilton scored a total of eight points for the Brackley team in Suzuka after finishing P7 and P9. The Silver Arrows are currently fourth in the Constructors’ standings and just a point ahead of Aston Martin in fifth.

Despite Ferrari and McLaren having a sizeable lead over Mercedes, Wolff believes that Red Bull and Verstappen in particular are in a league of their own out there on track.

Domination from the Dutchman

According to pitpass.com, Wolff spoke to the media after the Japanese Grand Prix stating that no driver will be able to catch the Dutchman this season.

“No one is going to catch Max this year.”

“His driving and the car are just spectacular,” he added. “You can see the way he manages the tyres, and basically this season now is (about) best of the rest.”

“That’s the fact, that is all, but hopefully we can catch up to the to the McLaren’s and to the Ferrari’s and fight for P2. This is what it is this year and what it was last year and we had a P2 last year.”

Wolff has also spoken very highly of Verstappen recently as it has emerged that the three-time world champion could be on Mercedes’ radar to replace Hamilton for 2025.

Speaking to the media, Verstappen said, “Lately, Toto has been really nice, saying a lot of nice things about me!” laughed the Dutchman. “No, I don’t know. It’s still a very long season.”

Wolff has already revealed that a relationship between Mercedes and Verstappen needs to happen at some point in the future.

Bearing this in mind, could we see the Dutchman make the move to Red Bull’s long-time rivals in 2025? Or will he continue with the Austrian outfit and look to dominate the sport for many more years to come?

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