Lewis Hamilton and Christian Horner have provided conflicting accounts relating to alleged talks over a change from Mercedes to Purple Bull for the Brit; watch each session from the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP stay on Sky Sports activities, with lights out on Sunday at 1pm
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Purple Bull group principal Christian Horner says Lewis Hamilton’s father Anthony contacted him to investigate about Sergio Perez’s seat with the group for the 2024 season.
Horner stated in an interview with the Day by day Mail this week that Hamilton’s representatives had been involved earlier this season relating to a potential change from Mercedes to Purple Bull.
The seven-time world champion, who signed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes in August, stated on Thursday that nobody from his group had contacted Purple Bull, and that he had the truth is acquired an method by way of a textual content message from Horner.
Hamilton’s father guided the early levels of the Brit’s profession, however has not been formally a part of his administration group since they break up in skilled phrases in 2010.
Horner instructed Sky Sports activities F1 on Friday on the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: “It is superb the fuss that is come out of this.
“It is commonplace for there to be an alternate. I’ve identified Anthony Hamilton for 15-16 years, so inevitably there’s usually an alternate in the course of the course of the season.
“There’s quite a bit that appears to have been learn into this.
“I had an alternate. Anthony’s a pleasant man. He reached out, I believe, I am unable to keep in mind, relating to round Sergio, and simply requested an enquiring and suggestive query.
“I do not know what position Anthony performs in Lewis’ setup or administration, however he is acquired some type of relationship.
“I do not suppose he was enquiring about himself to come back and drive.”
There was vital hypothesis round Perez’s future with Purple Bull, with the Mexican’s poor type leaving many to query whether or not he can be allowed to see out the ultimate 12 months of his contract with the group in 2024.
Horner added: “We’re very pleased with the drivers that we have, however in fact Lewis hasn’t gained a race for nearly two years. You’ll be able to perceive questions being requested, it is solely logical and regular for these kind of issues to occur.
“And as I say, I’ve at all times had an important relationship with Anthony, he is a really good man, however there isn’t a seat out there so it is actually a non-story.”
Sky Sports activities F1’s stay Abu Dhabi GP schedule
Friday November 24
- 12.45pm: Abu Dhabi GP Follow Two (session begins at 1pm)
- 2.15pm: The F1 Present
Saturday November 25
- 10.15am: Abu Dhabi GP Follow Three (session begins at 10.30am)
- 12.15pm: F2 Dash
- 1.15pm: Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying build-up
- 2pm: Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying
- 4pm: Ted’s Qualifying Pocket book
Sunday November 26
- 9.10am: F2 Function Race
- 11.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday Abu Dhabi GP build-up
- 1pm: The ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX
- 3pm: Chequered Flag: Abu Dhabi GP response
- 4pm: Ted’s Pocket book
After the thrills of Las Vegas, Method 1 heads to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit for the 2023 season finale and one other beautiful spectacle beneath the lights. Watch the Abu Dhabi weekend stay on Sky Sports activities F1, with lights out on Sunday at 1pm. Stream F1 on Sky Sports with NOW