Mercedes reportedly willing to offer Max Verstappen a bumper €150,000,000 contract, negotiations post-Miami GP

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Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at F1 Grand Prix of China - Sprint

Rumors surrounding Max Verstappen to Mercedes have once again gathered pace after latest reports claim that Mercedes are willing to offer him a bumper €150 million contract.

Verstappen, who has been a dominant figure in the sport since his controversial 2021 title win against Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, is without doubt one of the most sought-after drivers currently.

The Dutch Lion won a staggering 21 of 24 races last year. The Red Bull driver is favorite to extend his preeminence this season as well. He leads the F1 championship by 25 points against his teammate, Sergio Perez.

However, the recent investigation on Christian Horner and Red Bull’s reported internal power struggle has put a lot of question marks on the future of multiple key figures of the team.

SoyMotor reports, according to German press, Mercedes is willing to offer Max Verstappen a mouth-watering €150,000,000 contract. Furthermore, Toto Wolff is also looking to bring in Helmut Marko to the Brackley-based team to tempt the 3-time world champion.

Mercedes are also willing to offer Max an ambassadorship role. The contract discussions are scheduled to take place after the Miami Grand Prix next week. The Verstappens, accompanied by Max’s close allies, will meet top Mercedes officials Ola Källenius, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, and Toto Wolff.

Max Verstappen has a contract up to 2028 with the Austrian outfit, but the Dutch driver can activate an exit clause if Helmut Marko leaves.

Toto Wolff previously insisted Max Verstappen is Mercedes’ #1 target

Austrian billionaire Toto Wolff has openly claimed that Max Verstappen is the Silver Arrows’ top pick to replace Lewis Hamilton.

The Mercedes boss publicly admitted his decision to choose his next driver depended a lot on Max Verstappen’s future. Speaking to Fox during the Australian GP, Wolff said:

“We have a slot free, the only one in the top teams – unless Max decides he goes. Then the slot is not going to be free with us anymore."
“It’s a kind of a relationship that needs to happen at a certain stage, but we don’t know when.”

The Austrian billionaire also admitted he had a good relationship with Max’s father, Jos Verstappen.

The thought of Verstappen donning a Mercedes suit seemed almost impossible last year. However, with reports of Aero wizard Adrian Newey leaving Red Bull as well, it could very well turn into reality in 2025.

With Mercedes currently struggling, will Verstappen leave the dominant Red Bull and ply his trade with the Silver Arrows?

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