A Potential Hamilton-Verstappen Teammate: Red Bull and Mercedes F1 Contract Talks
The possibility of Lewis Hamilton becoming Max Verstappen’s teammate has been a hot topic in Formula 1. With reports surfacing that Red Bull boss Christian Horner had reached out to Hamilton earlier this year, fans and experts speculate on the potential partnership. Although Hamilton missed the message initially, he later signed a new contract with Mercedes, while Sergio Perez continues to race for Red Bull in 2024.
Hamilton’s Missed Opportunity
During an interview, Lewis Hamilton shared that Christian Horner had made contact with him regarding a possible move to Red Bull. However, Hamilton admitted he had missed the message at the time, and eventually, nothing came of it. This revelation has sparked widespread debate about what could have happened if the communication between Hamilton and Red Bull had gone differently.
Hamilton Stays with Mercedes
Despite the contact from Red Bull, Lewis Hamilton decided to extend his contract with Mercedes. The seven-time World Champion cited his comfort with the team and his desire to continue driving for a team he feels so connected to. The decision was a disappointment for those hoping to see Verstappen and Hamilton pair up in the same team, but it solidified Hamilton’s commitment to Mercedes for the foreseeable future.
Sergio Perez’s Ongoing Contract
While Hamilton’s contract negotiations were grabbing headlines, Sergio Perez’s ongoing contract with Red Bull adds another layer of complexity to the situation. The Mexican driver, who joined Red Bull in 2021, will continue racing alongside Verstappen in 2024. This means that even if Hamilton had joined Red Bull, it would have resulted in a potential reshuffling of the team or a highly talented third driver scenario.
The prospect of Lewis Hamilton teaming up with Max Verstappen has captivated Formula 1 fans worldwide. While the missed contact between Hamilton and Christian Horner fueled speculation, Hamilton’s decision to stay with Mercedes and Sergio Perez’s ongoing contract with Red Bull has reshaped the potential outcome. Fans can only wonder what might have been, but the excitement of the existing driver partnerships continues to build anticipation for the upcoming seasons.