Lewis Hamilton makes feelings clear on Max Verstappen Mercedes move

Amid turmoil at Red Bull, Max Verstappen has been linked with a move to replace Hamilton at Mercedes in 2025

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Lewis Hamilton has claimed he would not be surprised if Max Verstappen replaced him at Mercedes for the Formula 1 2025 season, but risked angering his boss Toto Wolff by saying the move “wouldn’t make sense” for the Red Bull star.

The 39-year-old is leaving the Silver Arrows for a new adventure with Ferrari in 2025 after spending 12 seasons with the Brackley team. His departure has left a huge void to fill, with Wolff said to be considering a host of drivers for the seat – and Verstappen is at the top of his list.

The three-time world champion is considered the quickest driver currently on the grid, and rumours of a fallout between Verstappen’s father Jos and team principal Christian Horner have only added fuel to the fire, with Verstappen Jr not ruling out a move in the future either.

Hamilton believes that his bombshell move to Ferrari proves nothing can be ruled out in F1 and the same applies for Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton looks on in a press conference at the 2024 pre-season test in Bahrain | Mercedes / Jiri Krenek
Lewis Hamilton looks on in a press conference at the 2024 pre-season test in Bahrain | Mercedes / Jiri Krenek

“I think my move shows that anything’s possible. And it’s going to be a really interesting next six months or so,” Hamilton told the press in Saudi Arabia.

“I don’t have an extra scoop… I’m sure Max is on the list. But I’m pretty sure he’s tied up and also, I couldn’t see why you would leave a car that was that good.”

Verstappen move lacks logic

Hamilton also offered his take on whether influential designer Adrian Newey could follow him to Maranello, with speculation persisting that he could make a controversial switch from Red Bull to their championship rivals.

“In terms of Adrian, having worked within a team, I know obviously, Adrian gets all the praise for everybody’s work. I know he’s a huge part of it, of course,” Hamilton added.

“But I know there’s so many engineers in the background that a huge part of developing the team and the car that they have, and it’s not down to one person.

“It’s not my decision. I’m competing against them this year at the moment, so I can’t really talk about next year just yet.”

Hamilton has backed Wolff’s pursuit for Verstappen, similar to how he convinced the Briton to leave McLaren in 2013 to join the German manufacturer. But from Verstappen’s perspective, the seven-time champion admits he would struggle to understand his 2021 title rival leaving Red Bull when they have the best car on the grid.

“I think if you run a team, you want to have the best driver, and you want to be the head of the team that’s got a driver that brings in the eyeballs, brings in the sponsorship, and he is one of those,” Hamilton added.

“So I understand it, but it wouldn’t make sense I would say for him [Verstappen]. But it’s very interesting.”

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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