Lewis Hamilton says Max Verstappen doesn’t want him to be his Formula 1 teammate Formula 1 news

Lewis Hamilton says Max Verstappen doesn’t want him to be his Formula 1 teammate  Formula 1 news

Lewis Hamilton’s claims to Red Bull were the main story at Yas Marina Circuit after Christian Horner suggested the Mercedes driver had approached him; Watch every session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live on Sky Sports from Friday at 9.30am, with lights out on Sunday at 1pm

18:13 UK time, Thursday 23 November 2023

Lewis Hamilton has said he would be “100 percent” open to being a team-mate with Max Verstappen but claims the Red Bull driver would not want to face him on the same machinery.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said Hamilton’s representative approached Red Bull earlier this year before the seven-time champion signed a two-year Mercedes contract extension in August.

Hamilton, who has been with Mercedes since 2013, claims it has been the other way around, and Horner has approached him.

These allegations and counter-claims have raised many questions in Abu Dhabi about whether it would be possible for multiple world champions Hamilton and Verstappen, who are in fierce competition for the world title in 2021, to drive together in the same team.

Very few times in Formula 1 history have two of the best drivers in the sport been teammates, although Hamilton did face off against Fernando Alonso at McLaren in his rookie season in 2007, and also partnered with world champions Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg.

Lewis Hamilton says he never thought about joining Red Bull and is determined to beat them with his current Mercedes team.

“I would be 100% happy to race against him (Verstappen) in a similar car,” Hamilton said. Sky Sports F1.

“For me, Red Bull has done a great job and they are a great team. Any driver would want to drive for such a great group of people.

“I think going from a not-so-great car to a winning car, from my point of view, is not a dream. The dream is always to kind of start where we are and go all the way to winning. That’s why I stayed with Mercedes.”

He concluded to the written press in Abu Dhabi: “I don’t think he wants me to be his teammate.”

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are teammates in Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton Max Verstappen
Fernando Alonso (2007) Carlos Sainz (2015-16)
Heikki Kovalainen (2008-2009) Daniel Ricciardo (2016-2018)
Jenson Button (2010-2012) Pierre Gasly (2019)
Nico Rosberg (2013-2016) Alex Albon (2019-2020)
Valtteri Bottas (2017-2021) Sergio Perez (2021-present)
George Russell (2022-present)

Verstappen: I wouldn’t mind being Hamilton’s teammate

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have won every Formula 1 championship since 2017

Earlier this year, Hamilton stated that all of his Formula 1 teammates were stronger than the drivers Verstappen partnered with.

Verstappen responded and said, “Maybe Hamilton is a little jealous” of his success after a record season for the Dutchman.

He was asked in Abu Dhabi about the possibility of him being Hamilton’s future teammate Sky Sports F1“I wouldn’t mind,” Verstappen said.

“It doesn’t matter, anyone… doesn’t want to put it especially on Lewis. There are a lot of great drivers too. Sometimes things don’t work out that way.”

Why can’t Hamilton and Verstappen be teammates?

Sky Sports News’ Craig Slater discusses reports that Lewis Hamilton’s representative spoke to Red Bull boss Christine Horner earlier in the year about a potential move to the team.

Given the intense and controversial nature of the 2021 season, it would be a huge shock if Hamilton and Verstappen drove for the same team.

Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were teammates at McLaren in 1988 and 1989 with the aim of having the best drivers in Formula One. Hamilton surprisingly tied with two-time world champion Alonso in 2007, with no contest initially expected between the pair beforehand.

Sky Sports F1Indianapolis’ Anthony Davidson says it would be “box office stuff” if Hamilton and Verstappen were in the same gear but he doesn’t think that will happen.

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“Unfortunately, the realist in me steps in and says ‘I can’t see that happening’. Red Bull is very much Max Verstappen’s team, I’m sure Lewis Hamilton would love to drive alongside him, just to have that chance to win that.” “The eighth world championship, which he wants so badly and almost got in Abu Dhabi in 2021, of course,” Davidson said. Sky Sports News.

“But from the driver’s point of view, it’s simple, ‘Yes, I’m not afraid to drive against Max Verstappen’. Max Verstappen is not afraid to drive against Lewis Hamilton. They believe they are the best in the field and why are they afraid.” To face one of their rivals on the field with equal machines.

“From a team perspective, you have to get away from that intense competition.

He added: “We’ve seen it in the past with Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna at McLaren, and we’ve seen it with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, and on both occasions it went off track, and that’s not good for the team.” Team, you can pretty much throw away points on a regular basis.

“It’s something we want to see but for the team bosses, it’s not necessarily the right circumstances.”

As Max Verstappen reaches his 50th career win, take a look at the Red Bull driver’s five greatest race victories.

Sky Sports F1 live schedule for the Abu Dhabi GP

Friday 24 November

  • 7am: F2 Practice
  • 9am: Abu Dhabi GP 1st practice (session starts at 9.30am)
  • 10.55pm: Formula 2 qualifying
  • 12.45pm: Abu Dhabi GP 2nd practice (session starts at 1pm)
  • 2.15pm: Formula 1 show

Saturday 25 November

  • 10.15am: Abu Dhabi GP 3rd practice (session starts at 10.30am)
  • 12.15pm: Formula 2 race
  • 1.15 pm: Preparations for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifiers
  • 2 pm: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifiers
  • 4pm: Ted’s Qualified Notebook

Sunday 26 November

  • 9.10am: Featured F2 race
  • 11.30pm: Sunday’s Abu Dhabi GP
  • 1pm: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • 3pm: Checkered flag: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix reaction
  • 4pm: Ted’s notebook

After the excitement of Las Vegas, Formula 1 heads to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit for the 2023 season finale and another stunning spectacle under the lights. Watch the Abu Dhabi weekend live on Sky Sports F1, with the lights out on Sunday at 1pm. Stream F1 on Sky Sports with NOW

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