Mercedes’ Gwen Lagrue on the team’s discussions with Verstappen

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Mercedes’ driver development advisor Gwen Lagrue says the German team offered Max Verstappen support back in his Formula 2 days.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff already talked about his contacts with Max Verstappen and his father Jos, back in the Dutch driver’s junior days, and now the team’s driver development advisor Gwen Lagrue provides even more details on the discussions.

“Max was very good in karting, was good in F3, and it was clear that there’s a big one that’s growing,” Lagrue said on Formula 1’s Beyond the Grid podcast.

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“We talked to them in the initial phases, and it was a nice discussion with (his father) Jos and with Max involved as well.

“It was clear that we couldn’t give him a seat because we had Nico [Rosberg] and we had Lewis [Hamilton].

“We offered the support in F2, but since Red Bull was able to offer them the AlphaTauri seat, or Toro Rosso back in the day, it got Max into the seat,” Lagrue concluded.

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