Lewis Hamilton turns tables on Christian Horner and reveals sensational message from Red Bull chief

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has responded after Christian Horner said talks had been held over Red Bull switch

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 23/11/2023

- 11:54

Updated: 23/11/2023

- 13:03

The 38-year-old has insisted he's committed to his current team and has no interest in jumping ship

Lewis Hamilton has reacted after Christian Horner claimed talks had been held for the 38-year-old to join Red Bull, insisting that never happened.

Speaking recently, Horner told the Daily Mail that there had been 'several conversations' about a sensational switch for the seven-time champion.

"We have had several conversations over the years about Lewis joining. They have reached out a few times," he said.

"Most recently, earlier in the year, there was an inquiry about whether there would be any interest.

Christian Horner

Lewis Hamilton has claimed Red Bull chief Christian Horner wanted talks with himself - instead of the other way round


"He met John Elkann (Ferrari chairman), too. I think there were serious talks.

"It was around Monaco (in May). There were definitely conversations, perhaps with Vasseur, too. But certainly with Elkann.

"But I can't see Max and Lewis working out together.

"The dynamic wouldn't be right. We are 100 per cent happy with what we have."

Hamilton, however, has now fiercely hit back at Horner and insisted he has never been interested in crossing the divide.

And the Stevenage-born racer has instead turned the tables on Horner, insisting the 50-year-old sought discussions - instead of himself.

"I don't really know where that story has come from," he told Sky Sports.

"I don't really understand what he's been talking about.

"As far as I'm concerned no-one from my team has spoken to Christian, I haven't spoken to Christian really in years.

"However, he did reach out to me earlier in the year about meeting up.

"That said I congratulated them on an amazing year and said I hope I'll be able to fight against you guys in the near future.

"That was it. I'm not really sure. I think he's just stirring things."

When asked why Horner would want to do that, Hamilton continued: "There aren't any confidential discussions.

"I know Christian. He loves that kind of stuff.

"I would [100 per cent] be happy to race against Verstappen in an equal car.

"If it means moving...Red Bull has done an amazing job and it is an amazing team.

"Any driver would love to drive for such a great group of people.

"I think moving to a car that's not so great to a winning car, from my perspective, is not my dream.

"My dream is to always start when we kind of are to build up to then winning.

"And that's why I stayed with Mercedes."


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Hamilton was speaking ahead of the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the final race of the season set to take place this weekend.

It's been a successful race for the Briton in the past, with the veteran previously securing glory on five separate occasions.

Hamilton first won in Abu Dhabi all the way back in 2011, while his latest victory there came back in 2019.

However, it's Red Bull and Max Verstappen who are the strong favourites to secure top of the podium this weekend.

The 26-year-old has won the last three races in the Middle Eastern country and is seeking a stunning 19th win of the season as the race creeps closer.

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