Max Verstappen insisted he doesn’t care about Christian Horner’s bombshell reveal that Lewis Hamilton held talks with Red Bull for a potential Formula 1 drive in 2024 before signing a contract extension with Mercedes.
Horner told the Daily Mail that Red Bull have had “several conversations over the years” about Hamilton joining the team, most recently earlier in 2023 when the Mercedes driver’s representatives asked whether Sergio Perez‘s seat would be available.
The Mexican does have a contract for 2024 but it has been under scrutiny for much of the season given his uncompetitiveness against Verstappen, who clearly hasn’t been too worried by the rumours.
“What would it add to know [what I think]? Because it’s not happening so there’s no point to make up stories if it’s not happening,” Verstappen told the press.
“I wouldn’t mind, it doesn’t matter, anyone. I don’t want to put it particularly on Lewis, there’s so many great drivers as well. So sometimes it just doesn’t work out like that.”
Verstappen doesn’t want the winning to end
Horner added Hamilton held ‘serious conversations’ in-person with Ferrari chairman John Elkann after it was reported the Scuderia offered him a bumper deal, but ultimately Hamilton chose to stay with Mercedes until the end of the 2025 season when he’ll be almost 41.
By that stage, Verstappen could’ve won the second-most grand prix in Formula 1 history if he continues at his rate of victory for 2023.
Verstappen‘s been beaten just three times ahead of the 2023 Abu Dhabi GP and is the odds-on favourite to take his 19th win of the season at the Yas Marina Circuit.
That would put him on 54 career victories and move him past Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull‘s former golden boy, and Verstappen was asked if he hopes the good times will never end.
“Well, yeah, of course,” Verstappen added. “It will end at one point but hopefully not too soon.
“It’s quite a crazy number. But of course we’ve had a crazy year, so it would be very nice. But at the same time also I’m very focused on what’s ahead of me and hopefully also next year, we have a competitive car again.
“We can really continue that momentum and win more races.”