Red Bull boss Christian Horner has revealed that Lewis Hamilton held talks with his team and Ferrari before extending his contract with Mercedes. This is not the first time we have heard such claims, as the British media reported in May that Hamilton was negotiating with Ferrari.
However, Hamilton and Ferrari director Frederik Wasser denied this information. Although even then there was speculation about Hamilton's possible interest in changing the team. Representatives of the British driver reportedly contacted Red Bull executives, as Hamilton reportedly wanted to drive in the same team as reigning F1 champion Max Verstappen.
Mercedes is the only team for Hamilton
The British media remind that Hamilton has previously stated several times that Mercedes is the only team in which he wants to continue his career. "We've had several conversations over the years about Lewis coming in.
We've been contacted on a number of occasions. Most recently, at the beginning of the year, there were inquiries as to whether there would be interest. He also met with (Ferrari president) John Elkann. I think those conversations were serious.
. It was around the Monaco race (in May)," Horner said.
£100 million in two years
At the end of August, Hamilton (38) extended his contract with Mercedes until 2025. According to the new contract, he should earn 100 million pounds in two seasons.
It is a very good contract for Formula 1 and surely Hamilton is happy with such a salary. "Certainly there were talks, maybe with Wasser. But certainly with Elkan. I can't see Max and Lewis working together. The dynamics would not be good.
We are 100 percent satisfied with what we have," said the director of Red Bull. Horner did not want to reveal who from the Hamilton association contacted him. "Daily Mail" reported that it could be the driver's father Anthony or Hamilton's manager from New York, Penny Tow.
Hamilton has not yet spoken out about these allegations, it will be interesting if he gives his reaction. Hamilton has been a member of Mercedes since 2013, and in his career he won seven titles in the Formula One championship.