Lewis Hamilton could have been TEAM-MATES with F1 rival Max Verstappen as Mercedes nearly pinched him from Red Bull

WARRING Formula One  drivers Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton could have been team-mates. Red Bull chief Christian Horner revealed exactly how he pinched Verstappen from under the noses of Hamilton’s Mercedes team. After getting permission to drive in the session by the FIA, the 17-year-old Verstappen was so quick, it had Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost squirming. Horner said: “There was a desire from Mercedes to sign Max in Formula Three in 2014. “That was the advantage we had over Mercedes — they didn’t have a car they could put him in. Horner also recalls Verstappen’s Red Bull debut after promotion from Toro Rosso in mid-season. He already has a long-term deal and Horner says he senses Verstappen will get even better now he has his first title.

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