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Marko affirms Hamilton’s interest amid Red Bull contract discussions

Hamilton's potential move to Red Bull is uncertain amid conflicting narratives, with Marko backing Horner's account

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Helmut Marko asserted that Lewis Hamilton “sanctioned” the communication between his father and Red Bull, unveiling the singular “condition” he purportedly stipulated.

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Lewis Hamilton ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit (Image Credit: Qian Jun/MB Media – Getty Images)
Red Bull’s revelation and Hamilton’s Response

The controversy ignited when Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner, disclosed to the Daily Mail that a representative from Hamilton’s team had initiated discussions with Red Bull about a potential switch earlier this year.

The seven-time world champion, who inked a new two-year contract with Mercedes in August, initially refuted Horner’s assertion during Thursday’s media session ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. However, Horner later disclosed that the contact had originated from Hamilton’s father, Anthony.

In a convocation with Sky Sports pundit, Ted Kravitz, Hamilton put to rest the rumours that surfaced, adding it was Horner who reached out to him.
“Yeah, I don’t really know where that story has come from,” Hamilton commented. “I mean, I know it’s come from Christian. I don’t really understand what he’s been talking about, because no one – as far as I’m aware – from my team has spoken to him, I haven’t spoken to Christian, really, in years.

“I don’t know why Christian Horner does this? What is certain is that I spoke to all the employees of my team. Nobody contacted them, but they approached us.”

Marko affirms Hamilton’s interest

Speaking to a German News outlet, F1 insider, Marko, an advisor at Red Bull, entered the fray. He asserted that Hamilton’s inclination towards joining Red Bull was genuine. He emphasised that Hamilton made clear he would contemplate such a move only if he were provided with “the same material” as Max Verstappen, a current Red Bull driver.

“I can only say that Christian Horner told me in January about a text message he received from Hamilton’s environment,” Marko said.

“It seemed authorised by the driver, especially because there was talk of a condition that Hamilton posed: He only wanted to drive at Red Bull if he also got the same material as Max Verstappen. For me, in any case, there was no doubt that the request from the Hamilton side was serious.

“There have never been any considerations to let Hamilton drive alongside Verstappen. First, we are well positioned with our driver squad, including Sergio Perez. Secondly, these two alpha animals would not work in a team.”

Taking a slight shift in focus, during an interview with Sky Sports Germany, Marko paid scant attention to the prospect of Lewis Hamilton joining Red Bull whilst Verstappen is still with the team.

“The atmosphere is still charged thanks to the events of 2021 and it’s probably not going to work out due to emotional differences.

“Financially, we also can’t afford the most expensive driver on the grid. However, the main point was the relationship between Max and Lewis.”

When asked about the individual within Lewis’ camp who made contact, Marko provided a brief yet ominous response, further fueling the speculation, saying: “Someone from Lewis’ circle.”

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  1. It’s obvious Hamilton talked to Red Bull trying to get a drive. Red Bull obviously turned him away because they have 1st & 2nd in the driver’s championship. Hamilton is a has been who needs to leave the sport. His once impressive record is getting weaker each race he is competing in since his last win, over 2 years ago

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