Hopeful Lewis Hamilton Was Rejected of Red Bull F1 Seat Alongside Sebastian Vettel for This Absurd Reason

Published 08/10/2022, 9:30 AM EDT

What if we were to tell you the 2021 showdown between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen would’ve never happened? What if Hamilton would’ve never joined the Mercedes team? And what if Hamilton and Verstappen were teammates racing for Red Bull?

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We tackle these “What ifs?” daily while making the tiniest decisions of life. However, one tiny decision made by Christian Horner back in 2010 until 2013 could’ve changed the sport’s history forever.

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Even though most would argue such incidents come to pass every day and no one can predict the future. For example, the situation with Daniel Ricciardo and Oscar Piastri. However, knowing what we know now, looking back at such incidents, gives you a sense of excitement and always makes one wonder.

As for the incident, in an exclusive with DailyMail, the Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, discussed a similar “What if?” incident.

He revealed a decisive moment from his career, which could’ve brought Hamilton to Red Bull.

Horner revealed, “Lewis and I have had a couple of conversations over the years. From 2010 to 2013, he was very keen to come and drive for Red Bull. We had Sebastian at that time and to have had two alpha drivers wouldn’t have made sense.”

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Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in one team would’ve been a dream combination. However, it wouldn’t have been the best decision as Horner rightly points out. Although Horner’s involvement did not end there.

Niki Lauda was keen on Lewis Hamilton, and Christian Horner had a part to play

Discussing further, Horner also disclosed his part in Hamilton’s move to Mercedes. It was a move he could not foresee would arguably backfire later on.

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Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Saturday 9 May 2015.
Niki Lauda, Non-Executive Chairman, Mercedes AMG, with Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG.
Courtesy: Getty

He said, “Niki Lauda was at Mercedes and was very keen to take Lewis and I remember encouraging him to take him. We were fighting McLaren and in 2012, they had the fastest car and we felt that Lewis in a McLaren would be more of a threat than in a Mercedes.”

“I encouraged Niki to spend the money, as Lewis was wavering a little bit. It would be fair to say that backfired on me,” he concluded.

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The defining “What if?” never came to pass, and as most would agree, for the best.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

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