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Max Verstappen

Verstappen teases Hamilton: I thought he was an Arsenal fan?

Max Verstappen has given his reaction to reports that Lewis Hamilton is involved in a bid to take over Chelsea Football Club.

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Max Verstappen has poked fun at Lewis Hamilton amid the Briton's links to a Chelsea Football Club takeover bid.

It was reported on Thursday that Hamilton has partnered with Serena Williams to join a consortium that is bidding to buy the London-based club.

According to Sky News, the seven-time F1 World Champion and the 23-time tennis Grand Slam winner have pledged up to £10 million each as part of the investment team of Sir Martin Broughton.

Chelsea are currently owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who put the club up for sale on 2 March, shortly before having his assets frozen by the UK government over his alleged ties to Vladimir Putin.

Verstappen questions Hamilton's club loyalty

Asked about Hamilton's apparent off-track plans ahead of this weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Verstappen took the opportunity to tease his F1 rival, who is known to be an Arsenal fan.

"I am a PSV (Eindhoven) fan and I would never buy Ajax (Amsterdam)," Verstappen told the Press Association news agency.

"And if I was going to buy a football club, I would want to be the full owner and to take the decisions myself, not own just a tiny percentage."

Verstappen then quipped: "I thought he was an Arsenal fan? And if you are an Arsenal fan going for Chelsea, that is quite interesting.

"But everyone does what they want with their money, so let's see what comes out of it."

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