Lewis Hamilton in fresh Red Bull link after ‘private meeting’
McLaren driver sparks speculation he is set to join Red Bull after reportedly meeting team principal Horner
Lewis Hamilton has fuelled fresh rumours of a move away from McLaren following reported a meeting with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner on Saturday evening.
Hamilton is understood to have had a 15-minute private meeting with Horner in Montreal ahead of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix, although a Red Bull source later dismissed it as a “social visit”.
The 26-year-old is contracted to McLaren until 2012, but despite saying he wants to see out his career with the Woking-based team, the 2008 world champion has endured a difficult season so far and now finds himself fourth in the drivers’ championship.
“I’m here, I’m committed to them,” Hamilton said in April. “I want to try and help them as well as becoming one of the most successful drivers myself. I want them to be out there to do that for me.”
Hamilton crashed out of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix while attempting to overtake team-mate Jenson Button down the pit straight on lap eight.
Button then went on to snatch the race win from Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel in a dramatic final lap, leaving Hamilton 76 points behind the world champion.
Hamilton’s driving style has been called into question several times already this season, and the stewards have called him in on six times in seven races for dangerous driving.
Hamilton was linked with a move to Red Bull earlier this year after McLaren suffered an embarrassing winter testing ahead of the season in March, but both he and Red Bull distanced themselves from the speculation.
“It’s difficult to see how you could have two drivers of Lewis and Sebastian’s calibre under one roof,” Horner said at a briefing in Silverstone.
“There tends to be fireworks, as we saw with Fernando Alonso and Lewis. So we’re very happy with the line-up that we have and we’ll see how things evolve.”