‘I can’t see where we would be able to accommodate Lewis’: Christian Horner rules out Red Bull move for Hamilton… despite Mercedes failing to agree new contract with veteran Brit
- Lewis Hamilton has been linked with a move away from Mercedes for next year
- The Brit, 38, is yet to extend his contract which expires at the end of this season
- Christian Horner has reiterated he is happy with his current drivers at Red Bull
Christian Horner has ruled out a move for Lewis Hamilton, stating that Red Bull are happy with their current drivers despite Toto Wolff giving permission for Hamilton to leave Mercedes.
The 38-year-old is looking to win a record eighth world title but has finished fifth in back-to-back races due to his car issues.
This led to his future with Mercedes being thrown into doubt, with boss Toto Wolff expressing doubts over the 2023 car and Hamilton’s future.
Hamilton has since been linked with a move to Red Bull to join Max Verstappen in what would be a sensational move in Formula One.
However, Red Bull boss Horner has now ruled out a move for Hamilton as he told SunSport: ‘What Lewis has achieved in Formula One is second to none, but we’re very happy with the drivers that we have.
Red Bull chief Christian Horner has ruled out a move for Lewis Hamilton, 38, for next season
Hamilton has struggled this year and there have been several issues with his car at Mercedes
‘They are committed as a pair not only this season but the next season as well. So I can’t see where we would be able to accommodate Lewis.’
Horner continued to discuss the ongoing problems at Mercedes, revealing he has been informed there will be improvements to their 2023 car.
‘I’m sure they are going to sort their issues out – we’re certainly not writing him off yet.
‘We’re hearing about big Mercedes upgrades, I’m sure Ferrari aren’t happy with their current position either. So we’re fully expecting things to converge quickly.’
With expectation that Red Bulls’ competitors will improve this year, Horner believes his drivers will face strong competition in future races.
‘Some of the racing has been fantastic and we saw a great race again (in Saudi Arabia) between our two drivers.
‘If you have two dominant cars who are racing each other then I think that does create a spectacle in itself but I have no doubts that the opposition will be coming back quickly, especially as we come back into the European season when updates start to come through.’
It remains to be seen as to what the future holds for Hamilton, who could still depart Mercedes.
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