Lewis Hamilton in a Red Bull? Christian Horner Narrates a Fascinating Tale – “He Was Very Keen…”

Published 03/13/2022, 11:19 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner after finishing second in the race and world championship REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has revealed 7-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton was close to joining his team after leaving McLaren. Hamilton signed for Mercedes in 2013, teaming up with childhood friend Nico Rosberg.

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However, Horner has now revealed that talks had taken place with the Englishman to join Red Bull from McLaren. Hamilton spent the first six seasons of his career with McLaren. Horner discussed the possibility of a pairing with Sebastian Vettel. He said, “Lewis and I have had a couple of conversations over the years,” Horner revealed.

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.”

Hamilton has won more races than any other driver in Formula 1 history. With 103 race wins, 182 podiums, and 7 titles, he has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest drivers in the sport. The 37-year old returns in 2022 to partner youngster George Russell for Mercedes. He will hope to begin his quest for a record-breaking 8th Drivers’ Championship this season.

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The duo has set a stunning benchmark after an intense battle throughout the 2021 season. Both drivers had numerous run-ins with each other culminating in a final race showdown in Abu Dhabi. Recently, Verstappen signed a new contract till 2028, putting him on par with rival Hamilton on £40m a year.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen before the race Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

Verstappen will undoubtedly be a long-term plan for Horner and the team as they enter a new era of racing in F1. The team has been impressive in the last few years, giving a tough fight to Mercedes.

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Horner will look to continue the good from 2021. With both drivers facing competition from new challengers like Ferrari and McLaren, they will look to begin on the front foot as the season opens in Bahrain on March 20.

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Mario Fernandes

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Mario Fernandes is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his graduation in Mathematics, followed by a Post Graduation Diploma in Journalism. Mario has been a sportsman and a sports fan from a very young age and has represented his school and college in sports like soccer, tennis, and cricket at the district level.

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