Christian Horner on potential Red Bull entry for Lewis Hamilton amidst rumoured Mercedes exit

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was recently questioned about the possibility of recruiting seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton if he is unsatisfied with life at the Silver Arrows.

Hamilton is yet to sign a contract extension despite Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff categorically stating that renewing his deal was at the top of his priority list during the off-season.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Credit: sportskeeda.com
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Credit: sportskeeda.com

However, with two races already having taken place this season, Lewis is still without a new contract.

To compound matters, it seems like the Silver Arrows will have their work cut out after messing up on their design concept in such a manner that Aston Martin, who rely on them for many of their parts, are comfortably faster.

All of this led Wolff to make the uncomfortable admission that the Stevenage-born driver may need to assess his options if he is keen on winning an elusive eighth world championship.

Red Bull, meanwhile, has been very dominant in the early part and it looks like the team has only gotten stronger since last term.

With internal tensions between Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez rising, rumours were circulating about Hamilton potentially linking up with the Milton Keynes-based outfit.

Horner explained how the team is viewing the option.

“What Lewis has achieved in F1 is second to none,” Horner said.

“But we’re very happy with the drivers that we have.

“They’re committed as a pair not only this season but the next season as well. So, I can’t see where we would be able to accommodate Lewis.”

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Credit: speedcafe.com
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Credit: speedcafe.com

While Horner must be happy to see rivals Mercedes struggling, he remains confident that the team will find a way to rescue its W14 soon enough.

“I’m sure they’re going to sort their issues out – we’re certainly not writing him off yet,” he said. 

“We’re hearing about big Mercedes upgrades, I’m sure Ferrari aren’t happy with their current position as well.

“So, we’re fully expecting things to converge quickly.”

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