Mercedes in ‘regular contact’ with Max Verstappen amid Lewis Hamilton contract saga

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Lewis Hamilton has yet to commit his future to Mercedes and Dutch racing driver Tom Coronel claims the Silver Arrows are in “regular contact” with his fellow countryman Max Verstappen.

The Red Bull star is expected to dominate F1 when Hamilton decides to step away from the sport.

Before George Russell burst onto the scene, Mercedes had teased offering Verstappen a drive should they lose Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas.

Seven-time world champion Hamilton is expected to pen a contract extension with the Silver Arrows as he looks to pull away from Michael Schumacher’s record this term.

But Coronel claims Toto Wolff is still interested in snatching Verstappen from Red Bull.

“Mercedes is still very interested in Verstappen, they make no secret of it,” Coronel told RacingNews365.

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“We therefore know that there is regular contact.”

It is highly unlikely Mercedes will partner Hamilton and Verstappen as they would both want to be the No 1 star.

However, if they were to race in the same car then Coronel reckons the apprentice could beat the master.

“Max vs Lewis, it will be equally exciting for both drivers,” he explained.

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“Max will certainly not miss Lewis, but he can beat him. He is young, fresh and fully focused.

“In addition, he has an unprecedented drive and the extreme will to win, Max has everything to win and is not a champion yet – he will eventually be.”

Meanwhile, ex-F1 driver Marc Surer also reckons Verstappen could have what it takes to beat Hamilton.

“I think Verstappen is one of the fastest young drivers in Formula One, together with [Charles] Leclerc,” he said.

“So I think he will be faster than Hamilton because Hamilton used to be.

“But after the age of 30, you start to lose a few hundredths of your speed. You will not notice it, but this is the truth.”

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