Lewis Hamilton gives shock response on Max Verstappen moving to Mercedes next season in F1

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Reports emerged ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix that Verstappen has a clause in his contract which could see him move for the 2020 F1 season.

Marca claimed the Red Bull driver has a performance clause in his contract, which could allow him to speak to other teams about a possible move.

It is stated that if Max Verstappen hasn’t won a race by the Hungarian Grand Prix, on August 4, then the clause could be activated.

And after qualifying on Saturday, Lewis Hamilton was asked about teaming up with the Dutchman at Mercedes.

The world champion said: “People are always making up stuff. It’s the first I’ve heard of it.

“I think the team’s pretty happy with Valtteri and me.

“So I do know Max is definitely interested in opportunities.

“I don’t know. Maybe. If there is [a chance], then great.”

Turning to Verstappen, he added: “I don’t mind driving with you. I’ll drive against whoever.”

For his part, Verstappen said: “I guess there’s people who know more than me!”

Earlier this week the Red Bull driver admitted he was frustrated with not competing for race wins.

“I’m not here to be fourth, I want to win races,” he said earlier this week.

“It’s not nice to drive around in this fourth spot, just always missing out.

“But that’s how it is at the moment.”

Verstappen will start second tomorrow for the Austrian Grand Prix behind Ferrari youngster Charles Leclerc.

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton will start third and fourth after the Brit was penalised for blocking Kimi Raikkonen.

The Austrian Grand Prix gets underway from 2.10pm BST on Sunday.

Leclerc will look to record his maiden F1 race win and Ferrari’s first of the season as well.

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