Mercedes Chief Toto Wolff said the Silver Arrows team never contacted Sebastian Vettl, Fernand Alons and Max Verstappen, who were often mentioned as candidates for teammate Lewis Hamilton.
In the last few years, all three drivers have been frequently associated with the Mercedes seat, especially as Valtteri Bottas approaches the completion of another his 12 – monthly contracts with the team.
Bottas will be a 34866 Mercedes racer for the fourth consecutive season, Wolff and the rest of the team are pleased with his results and the harmony he brings to Mercedes after the retirement of Nice Rosberg.
Toto Wolff said of Mercedes' potential interest in the Vettel trio, Verstappen Alonso said:
All three are great racers, but right now I think we have the best team. I think Lewis and Valtteri are a great combination and you could hardly want a better racing squad. I never contacted Seb, Fernand or Max. I'm sure if Bottas starts the season well, then he can win the title because he's mentally very strong. t Lewis is so strong at times that it is extremely difficult to beat him, but to win the World Cup we chose two drivers rather than one who would be Lewis's assistant. “