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Max Verstappen

Verstappen refuses to entertain Hamilton drive: 'It's not happening'

The Dutchman has responded to reports that Lewis Hamilton was potentially lined up for a drive with Red Bull, which would have meant pairing with his old championship rival.

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Max Verstappen has responded to reports that Red Bull "held talks" with Lewis Hamilton about joining the team, before extending his stay at Mercedes.

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner revealed that there was "conversations" with the seven-time World Champion's camp, amid the delays in contract talks with Mercedes.

Hamilton subsequently announced a new deal with Mercedes at this year's Italian Grand Prix, which means he will remain with the team until 2025 alongside teammate George Russell.

Verstappen: No point making up stories

It comes after Hamilton was also linked with a potential move to Ferrari, having been seen in discussion with Chairman John Elkann midway through the season.

When asked about reaction to the reports, Verstappen told media, including RacingNews365: "What would it add to know? It's not happening. There's no point to make up stories if it's not happening.

"I wouldn't mind, but it doesn't matter. I don't want to put it particularly on Lewis. There's so many great drivers as well [on the grid].

"Sometimes it just doesn't work out like that.”

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