Toto Wolff provides update on search for Hamilton’s replacement

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says he wants to be fair to drivers “and not make it look like we are playing chess with humans”.

Ever since it was announced that Lewis Hamilton will leave Mercedes at the end of 2024, the team has been on the lookout for his replacement.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has already clearly stated his number one pick is Max Verstappen, so the rumour mill obviously went into overdrive over this.

The latest rumour to come out was that Toto was scheduled to have a meeting with Verstappen’s representatives the day after the Miami Grand Prix, but when asked about it, the Austrian denied there were any serious meetings planned.

“There’s always plenty of meetings,” Toto said.

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“I can’t really say about the second driver. I think we’ve talked about the possibilities.

“I want to be fair to these guys and not make it look like we are playing chess with humans, because we are not doing that.

“I think we want to take our time, see where Max’s thinking goes, and at the same time, monitor the other drivers.

“Carlos [Sainz] was very strong in Miami again and that’s why we are a little bit on an observation mode at the moment,” he concluded.

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