Max Verstappen was actively tracked by Mercedes before he joined Red Bull.
Max Verstappen’s dad, Jos Verstappen, has aimed an explosive tirade at Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff before explaining how their relationship broke down. The battle between Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton this season has caused huge tension in rival garages at Red Bull and Mercedes.
Wolff and Christian Horner have taken shots at each other on a regular basis in the media as the title race has heated up.
On the track, Verstappen and Hamilton have also been embroiled in tangles of their own.
There have been some intense battles on track with the pair being guilty of overstepping the mark on occasions.
There had been a mutual respect between the two drivers prior to the British Grand Prix this year.
The championship contenders collided at Silverstone as Hamilton attempted to dive up the inside of Copse Corner.
Hamilton made contact with Verstappen with the Dutchman being sent flying into the barriers at 180mph.
Verstappen was taken to the hospital for checks following his scary 51G impact as Hamilton went on to win the race.
There was anger in the aftermath from Red Bull at the manner of Mercedes’ celebrations as Hamilton sat atop of the podium.
And that collision appeared to end any respect Jos Verstappen had for the Silver Arrows.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Jos admitted to having kept in contact with Wolff after initial talks earlier in Max’s career about a move to Mercedes.
But following the events at Silverstone, Jos admitted the relationship is now non-existent.
“It is not there any more,” he said.
“I don’t like his attitude. I don’t like how he behaved, starting at Silverstone.
“One of the drivers was in hospital and they are on the podium celebrating as if they’ve won the world championship.
“I didn’t think Toto was like that but I learned about a different Wolff.
“We didn’t have any contact from him, any message or whatever.
“And to think he had spoken to us in the new year: I am not saying he was trying to bring Max over at that stage, but let’s say we had a good relationship before Silverstone.”