Earlier, it had been reported that in light of Max Verstappen’s contract clause with Red Bull, Mercedes was an interested party. So, during the press conference, with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen present, the opportunity to clarify the situation presented itself.
However, the answer was a little underwhelming, with both drivers admitting that they are happy where they were. Lewis Hamilton admitted that people will make up any old stories for the sake of sensation. He also said that this was the first time he had heard of such an outrageous claim.
While he also said that the team were fairly satisfied with Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton knew that Verstappen was interested in getting more opportunities. Then, he looked over at said driver, and said, “I wouldn’t mind driving with you, I drive against whoever”
Meanwhile, when the question was turned over to Verstappen, he simply said, “I guess those people know more than me.”
Speaking earlier this weekend at the Austrian GP, he spoke about not having won a race yet and his target for the top 3 in the championship. He said, “I would not call it frustration. We are not miles away from the top. Of course I want to win races sometime. It’s important now what the team can do in the next races. “
“I’m not worried about next year and the time after that. At the moment I want to focus on our project because I still see a lot of potential in it and it is still young. On the other hand, I do not want to drive until I’m 35 or 40.