Verstappen has the opportunity to move into fourth in Abu Dhabi next weekend if he outscores Valtteri Bottas by four points. Next season, Red Bull will partner with Honda engines, a relationship which Helmut Marko expects to win titles.
Wolff also expects Verstappen to become a world champion once he gains more experience in Formula 1. He says in a few years he'll be able to look at the Esteban Ocon incident and decide for himself for himself if it was the right thing to do.
"In Max, you can see there is a future world champion coming together. Unbelievable talent and speed. I think once the raw edges are off, he will be somebody that would be a champion one day. Wolff said after his Mercedes team won the constructor's championship.
“In a few years, he would look at the [race] footage and maybe have his own opinion on whether that was the right behaviour or not. But you cannot accelerate these things. This is a learning process."
Wolff went on to explain why Hamilton didn't fight with Verstappen in the recent races. He claims they were more concerned about Ferrari and would have lost race time when the pair were fighting.
"When Max appeared like a missile behind him, it was clear that he wouldn't fight him unnecessarily to lose race time, but trying to make it to the end of the medium tyre," Wolff added. "So it is totally irrelevant from Mercedes side who would have won. The objective was to stay in front of the Ferraris."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing
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