Hamilton and Verstappen a 'dream' Mercedes lineup

Sunday, 20 january 2019, 09:45 , by Matthew Scott

A combination of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen teaming at Mercedes would be a "dream" lineup for the Silver Arrows. That's the view of Tony Jardine, who says that the reigning Formula 1 champions would love to deploy the duo in tandem.

While Hamilton and Mercedes have dominated F1 in recent years, Verstappen has emerged at Red Bull as a potential candidate to challenge the Brit's supremacy.

Red Bull will hope a switch to Honda power in 2019 can give them more of a say I the fight for honours, but Verstappen has previously hinted that he has an escape route in mind if things do not go well with the Japanese marque.

Former Brabham, McLaren and Lotus official turned pundit Jardine talked up the prospect of arguably the two biggest names in F1 teaming in the past, as long as Hamilton accepts the challenge.

"It would be the dream team, wouldn't it," Jardine told Express Sport.

"Mercedes would love to be able to do that. I'm sure Verstappen would love to go to Mercedes if they're still very competitive.

"But, I actually think a bit like Vettel who protests as much as he can about who his team-mate might be, which is another reason why Daniel Ricciardo, we all thought he was a shoo-in at Ferrari, [Vettel] kept him out, Lewis might be able to keep Verstappen out."

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Comments (18)

  • André Dias
    Mercedes will never put a guy like Max in the same side as Hamilton, because they know that Max can beat him and above all he will not take team orders. Why do you think that Bottas is there? He is there just to be Hamilton's side kick, fact.
  • Bill Warden
    Would be Prost and senna all over again, we all know who had the talent, and who tried to quell it using politics. Hamilton is a master of the political side of F1.
  • Jason Doyle
    Probably the worst possible line up. Just another Hamilton v Rosberg situation all over again. Mercedes don't want that sort of conflict again
  • Laurence Barnes
    No way, cuz Max will defy orders. Merc isn't a team for two top drivers, 2014-2016 remember.
  • Gabriel Spacca
    If you try and stick those two egos in the same team, to paraphrase Jaws, “You’re gonna need bigger cars.”
  • Jack Molak
    They'd have to first convince Max that he's not driving in a demolition derby first
  • Nick Tata
    They would have to convince one of them that he is the #2 driver.
  • Gary McMillan
    That would be more destructive than Lewis and Nico. Could be fun to watch
  • Gabs Silva
    No. There will be accusations of racism again, just like with Alonso
  • Shubhang Luniya
    Aditya Suresh Dharmesh Patel this would be exciting Just like Nico and ham
  • Murli Rudiyatno
    Ham would shit himself. Max could fight with him in a slow car.
  • Don Garner
    ....too much car for a 'baby driver'.......
  • Mark Hornsby
    Can't honestly think of a worse idea.
  • Blake Johno
    A sure way to ruin championship contention!!!
  • Bruno Borges
    Max, it’s James...

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