Sebastian Vettel reveals he almost became rival Lewis Hamilton’s F1 team-mate after holding shock talks with Mercedes

SEBASTIAN VETTEL has revealed that could have become rival Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate at Mercedes in 2016. The German Formula One driver admitted that he held talks with former Mercedes boss Niki Lauda following the retirement of Hamilton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg. However, that meant that the Formula One team needed to find a replacement, and Ferrari driver Vettel was approached. “But I also didn’t have a great interest at that time, because I was so committed to Ferrari. “I think it would have been a great challenge and I think I would have enjoyed that, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I didn’t want to change team and win with Mercedes, but it just didn’t happen. The German deliberately rammed his Ferrari into Hamilton’s Mercedes as they prepared for a restart behind a safety car.

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