Wolff says Hamilton and Verstappen at Mercedes “no longer an option”

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Many Formula 1 observers want to see Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen compete in the same team. Toto Wolff says it’s not an option for Mercedes.

When talking about such a possibility on the Beyond the Grid podcast, Wolff recalled the problems Mercedes had during the Lewis Hamilton – Nico Rosberg title rivalry from 2014 until 2016.

“With the knowledge I have now, that’s no longer an option,” says the Austrian.

“We will never understand exactly what happened in the relationship between Nico and Lewis. It goes back a long way, to their karting days and junior classes.

“We saw how their friendship turned into rivalry, and then hostility. That dynamic of what happened between them was very difficult to understand. It started when I joined the team in 2013, and from there it got worse and worse.

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“That was very difficult to deal with. At team meetings, there was a very negative energy in the air. At one point we reached a point where it was no longer acceptable, and then we talked about it. But the hostility between the drivers remained.”

However Wolff says the arrival of Valtteri Bottas in 2017 changed all that, as he has a good relationship with Hamilton.

“It’s refreshing that we haven’t had this since Valtteri joined us.”

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