Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has revealed that he was contacted by Lewis Hamilton's father, Anthony, earlier this year to inquire about the possibility of the seven-time world champion joining the team. Horner made the revelation after Hamilton denied that he or his representatives had approached Red Bull about a potential switch.
However, Horner insists that Anthony Hamilton did make contact, and that the conversation was "very suggestive." "I have known Anthony Hamilton for a long time, he is a good man and the proud father of a racer," Horner said.
"To be honest, Lewis hasn't won for a very long time and it's clear that various questions will be asked in and around the paddock. But there was never anything concrete."
Hamilton appreciates the Red Bull team
A few days ago, the British driver of Mercedes in Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton, said that he would be "100 percent" open to being the driver of the same team as Max Verstappen, but that the Red Bull driver would not like it.
"I would be more than happy to compete against Verstappen in equal cars. For me, Red Bull has done an amazing job and it's an amazing team. And every driver would love to drive for such a great group of people" - said Hamilton to Skysport.
Hamilton is in a slight decline in form
Horner believes that Mercedes would not be surprised to hear that there were some contacts from the outside while negotiating the contract extension: "He's the most successful driver of all time and he hasn't won since 2021.
You don't need to be a special expert to realize that people are going to talk. And I doubt I'm the only one who got such a message," Horner concluded. The news of the contact between Horner and Anthony Hamilton comes as a surprise, given that Hamilton recently signed a new two-year deal with Mercedes.
However, it is clear that there was some interest from Hamilton in joining Red Bull, and it will be interesting to see if he makes the switch in the future.