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Max Verstappen (right) with Red Bull Formula One team member.

Toto Wolff has conversation with Max Verstappen's father at Monza Grand Prix

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Toto Wolff was recently seen in a meeting at the Italian Grand Prix with Jos Verstappen, father of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. 

This quickly prompted speculation about Max's future and whether the Mercedes boss was trying to lure him away from their rival team. 

So far, Verstappen has had a dismal 2017 season.

Though, he managed to finish third at the Chinese Grand Prix even when starting 19th on the grid, but he has amazingly had to retire in 50 percent of all races.

This means he is currently competing with Fernando Alonso in terms of most retirements this season, a title no driver ultimately wants. 

Even though two of the six retirements were from collisions, a further four have been a result of mechanical failures. This adds up the pressure on Red Bull about whether they can provide Verstappen with the title winning car he is desperately looking for or will he have to look elsewhere?  

When Toto Wolff was asked about what he thought about Max Verstappen in an recent interview with Sky Germany, he said: "He is one of the names you have to have on the radar. Max is one of the future stars of Formula 1.

"Like many others, like Valtteri [Bottas], like Daniel [Ricciardo]. Max and Esteban Ocon are part of this group of drivers as well."

However, when asked about the meeting with his father, Toto Wolff played down the importance insisting it was simply social. 


"I've known Jos for many years," Wolff said. "We have a common friend, Frank. He is on a visit here.

"So Niki [Lauda] and I sat in the office. Our Dutch friends came along and we had a coffee with them. Not more, not less." Wolf insisted. 

Mercedes would certainly be a team who could provide Max with what he wants.

They currently sit top of the team standings whilst their top driver Lewis Hamilton is in a close race with Sebastian Vettel for the Drivers' Championship.

Max Verstappen is currently signed to Red Bull for 2018, but he could potentially leave for the 2019 season. 

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