Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff states that Red Bull Racing has approached no fewer than a hundred of its employees.

The Max Verstappen team will develop their own engines in the coming years and tries to attract Mercedes staff.

"Red Bull has approached about a hundred employees and I think they have gotten fifteen," Wolff said on Friday of Red Bull, which announced so far of six Mercedes employees that they are making the switch to the Austrian team.

"When employees get offers that double the salary, some people still remain loyal, but if they can start earning three times that, we won't be able to keep them on board. It is what it is."

Almost two weeks ago, Red Bull already struck a major blow by bringing in engine developer Ben Hodgkinson.

The Englishman has been head of technical development at Mercedes, which has dominated Formula 1 for years, since 2017.

Earlier this week, Steve Blewett, Omid Mostaghimi, Pip Clode, Anton Mayo and Steve Brodie were also recruited, each of whom will have their own roles.

Red Bull has announced that a head of mechanical development will also be appointed in the coming weeks.

In 2025, Red Bull must start racing with a self-built engine for the first time.

The Austrian team will have the current Honda power unit, with which sister team AlphaTauri also rides, from next year under its own management.

Valtteri Bottas has been experiencing a difficult Formula 1 season so far.

Valtteri Bottas has been experiencing a difficult Formula 1 season so far.

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Wolff denies rumors about Bottas

Wolff also discussed the position of Valtteri Bottas at his press conference.

According to

The Daily Mail

, Mercedes would seriously consider replacing Bottas before the end of the season if his performance were not to improve.

According to Wolff, the article in question is not correct.

"If he doesn't get sick for some reason and can't drive, he'll just be in the car for the rest of the year," said the Austrian.

"I don't see any reason to switch, as other teams might do."

Wolff is referring to Red Bull Racing with that last statement, which already changed drivers during the season in previous years.

Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Spain starts on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The race starts on Sunday at the same time.