Ex-F1 team boss Eddie Jordan has stirred the pot suggesting Lewis Hamilton should join Red Bull, but Helmut Marko certainly isn’t keen.
Marko, who is in charge of Red Bull’s driver programme, has joined team principal Christian Horner in defending the form of Alex Albon this season, while Red Bull are also hoping to keep hold of Max Verstappen long-term despite his exit clauses.
The most likely scenario is that both Verstappen and Albon remain Red Bull drivers for 2021, but Hamilton’s uncertain future at Mercedes is casting that hint of doubt.
And Jordan really added fuel to the fire when he suggested that Hamilton should join his rival Verstappen at Red Bull.
“I personally believe Lewis should go to Red Bull and not to Ferrari,” said former team owner Jordan, speaking to Dutch TV channel Ziggo Sport and quoted by Motorsport.com.
“I’ll tell you that’s perfect because… the best young driver of all in Formula 1 at the moment is Max Verstappen. There’s no question about it.
“His style, his speed, his intellect, his control on the track. Also his arrogance. And grand prix winners and grand prix champions need a level of arrogance. That’s obvious, and he has that.
“Whether he got it from (his father) Jos or whatever I have no real idea, but the facts are that he has an unbelievable talent.
“And what I believe is if he had a team-mate like Lewis Hamilton, then I do believe he would be able to beat him.”
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Such a move would be rather strange, after all the reason why Verstappen could end up using the exit clause in his contract after next season is because Red Bull have failed to provide him with a car that can put him in the fight for the World Championship with Hamilton and Mercedes.
So, since Hamilton is on course for a seventh World Championship this season with a clear shot at a record-breaking eighth next year in the final campaign under the current regulations, it would then make little sense for Hamilton to take that step backwards.
Of course, the Briton’s move from McLaren to Mercedes ahead of the 2013 season came as a shock, but it was a risk that paid off massively.
That being said though, Marko’s response to the idea of a Verstappen/Hamilton pairing at Red Bull was clear.
“That would result in homicide,” he is quoted by Grandpx.news.