BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Red Bull boss Christian Horner responded on Friday to speculation that Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton could become Formula One team mates by saying he had yet to hear from Mercedes’ five times world champion.
The ‘Silly Season’ gossip has been about whether Mercedes might make a move for Red Bull’s 21-year-old Dutch driver to replace out-of-contract Finn Valtteri Bottas for 2020.
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While Verstappen has a Red Bull deal to the end of 2020, performance get-out clauses may apply.
Asked whether Mercedes boss Toto Wolff had approached Red Bull about Verstappen, and whether it would be good for the sport to have both in the same team, Horner smiled.
“Toto has certainly not spoken to me about it,” he said.
“He speaks to almost every driver on the grid, so I would think if he has had a conversation it’s been direct and not through the team.
Situation - Max - Drivers - Points - Terms
“The situation with Max is clear and as with other drivers there are always trigger points. But in terms of having those two in one team, I haven’t heard from Lewis either that he wants to join (Red Bull) next year.”
Hamilton, who gets on well with Bottas, said he would have no problem in measuring up to Verstappen.
Stories - Cars - Way - Opportunity - Case
“I see stories saying we have different cars, so that’s the only way (I am winning), so it gives me an opportunity to show that’s not the case,” the Briton said.
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