Ex-F1 Driver Explains Why Lewis Hamilton Would Welcome Verstappen at Mercedes

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February 11, 2021 2:01 pm

Recently, the F1 community was struck by a massive rumor of Lewis Hamilton demanding veto power over his teammate. However, following the rise in backlashes over the claims, Toto Wolff denied such clauses in the Briton’s recently signed one-year contract.

Former F1 driver, Christijan Albers, expressed his opinion on the pointless rumor surrounding Lewis. He felt that if he was in Lewis’s situation, he would have taken the gamble and faced the wrath of Max Verstappen.

What did Albers say?

Speaking to De Telegraaf, Albers opened up about how the clause would have changed Lewis’s future in the sport.

That clause that Max Verstappen cannot drive there, drivers used to have that in their contracts. To be honest, I don’t think Lewis Hamilton is really going to make an issue of that,” he is quoted as saying by GPBlog.

And if I were Lewis Hamilton, I would have taken the gamble next year if Max Verstappen can drive in the team,” he added.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain during the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images,)

As of now, the likelihood of Max teaming up alongside Lewis is quite low. The Austrian team is standing as an obstruction between this breathtaking team-up.

Having placed their future hopes on Max, Red Bull are not going to let go of their star driver just like that. Hence, the only practical teammate Lewis might face beyond 2021 is George Russell. But who knows? There have been much bigger twists and turns in the sport.

Albers: What does Lewis Hamilton have to lose?

The former F1 driver felt that the seven-time world champion has already achieved everything and has nothing to lose. Furthermore, he also revealed the only way Lewis can take the pressure off his head if he gets lined up alongside Max.

“What does Lewis Hamilton have to lose? He can take the pressure off within ten seconds by saying, ‘Listen, I’m not on the edge where I was, I don’t have the talent anymore when I was 30 because now I’m 37, 38. Max, bring it on,” he said.

Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

He has nothing to lose because if he wins against Max then he is the greatest of greats and if he loses then he has had his era.

Following the announcement regarding his bizarre one-year deal with Mercedes, rumors claimed that Lewis might bow out of F1 following the 2021 season. However, Toto Wolff eventually hinted at a bigger contract heading towards the Briton.

So, could this increase the prospects of Lewis Hamilton teaming up alongside the flying Dutchman, Max Verstappen, in the near future?

Read More: Would Lewis Hamilton Be Regarded Differently Had He Not Won the 2008 World Championship?

Rohit Kumar

Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing. With his favorite track being Hockenheim and his favorite turn being Eau Rouge (Spa, Belgium), Rohit is a strong advocate for bringing back the pre-turbo-hybrid era V10 engines and their screams. Apart from being an author, Rohit is also a trained tennis player, having qualified for national tournaments. He has been a part of the Estilio Academy for over a decade.

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