Red Bull Boss Says Lewis Hamilton Asked About Move

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner claimed that Lewis Hamilton’s representatives had approached Red Bull about the possibility of the British driver joining the team in Formula 1. According to Horner, there were tentative inquiries earlier in 2023, with discussions having taken place over the years.

“We have had several conversations over the years about Lewis joining,” Horner stated. “They have reached out a few times. Most recently, earlier in the year, there was an inquiry about whether there would be any interest.”

However, Hamilton, currently committed to Mercedes through at least 2025 after signing a multi-year contract extension in August, refuted these claims. Speaking at Yas Marina ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Hamilton insisted that it was, in fact, Horner who reached out to him.

“No, I did not,” Hamilton asserted when asked if he had contacted Red Bull. “I’ve checked with everyone in my team and no one has spoken to them. But they have tried to reach out to us.”

He went on to explain the circumstances, saying, “Basically, I picked up my old phone, which I’ve just found that on, which had my old number on it. I switched it on and obviously hundreds of messages came through and I realized there was one from Christian to get together and have a chat at the end of the season.”

Hamilton clarified that Horner’s message was vague, stating, “He didn’t say (what for). He said to have a catch up.”

The British driver also addressed the possibility that his name is often dropped in conversations for attention, saying, “If you really think about it, there are a lot of people here that like to drop my name in many conversations because they know it’s going to make waves. And if you are a little bit lonely and you are not getting much attention, that’s the perfect thing to do, just mention my name.”

Hamilton is currently approaching the end of a second consecutive winless season in Formula 1, having not secured a victory since December 2021. Despite this, he expressed his commitment and belief in a Mercedes resurgence.

“I think, let’s be realistic, every single driver that’s racing here dreams of being in the winning car,” Hamilton remarked. “I feel like we’ve had two really difficult years, and if we work towards beating that car, that’s going to be a way better feeling than stepping into just the best car.”

He emphasized his desire to contribute to the growth of the team, stating, “Working with my team to build to be able to beat them I think would be better for my legacy, for sure.”