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Lewis Hamilton, 38, responds to the claim that he wanted to switch to Red Bull to race alongside his rival Max Verstappen. “People who don’t get attention like to mention my name because they know it causes a stir,” he says. Due to Red Bull’s dominance in Formula 1, there is little on-track tension. However, that changed with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner claiming that someone from Hamilton’s entourage had tried to contact Red Bull about a seat alongside Verstappen. Horner also mentioned that Hamilton had considered joining Ferrari before extending his contract with Mercedes. Hamilton denies the story, stating that it was Horner who contacted him and is simply stirring up controversy.
Hamilton admits that he is charmed by Red Bull’s top car but reassures his Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. He also expresses a desire to race against Verstappen in the same car, but Verstappen brushes off the possibility. Hamilton’s decision to extend his contract with Mercedes signals his commitment to developing a competitive car once more. He expresses a desire to have a winning car again after two difficult seasons with Mercedes.