With Lewis Hamilton yet to extend his contract with Mercedes to cover the 2021 season, ex-F1 team owner Eddie Jordan has said he believes the six-time World Champion should leave the Silver Arrows to partner Max Verstappen at Red Bull Racing.
“I personally believe that Lewis should go to Red Bull and not to Ferrari,” Jordan said in an interview with Ziggo Sport.
“I’ll tell you that is perfect, because… the best young driver of all of Formula 1 at the moment is Max Verstappen. There is no question about it,” he added.
“His style, his speed, his intellect, his control on the track. Also his arrogance. And grand prix winners and grand prix champions need a level of arrogance. That is obvious. And he has that.”
Continuing, Jordan described Verstappen as an “unbelievable talent” and said he believes the Dutch ace could beat Hamilton if they had the same car at their disposal.
“And what I believe is if he had a team-mate like Lewis Hamilton, then I do believe he would be able to beat him.”
Jordan went on to say that he has no doubt that Hamilton is on the same level as Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.
“Then once Max gets on a roll, he will be exactly the same. I don’t think Red Bull are far away. They are extremely close. And I think they haven’t really been that lucky this year.
“So as I said to Adrian Newey: ‘You have to make a better car, because if you perform like I know that Max can perform, then it is a world championship there for you to have with Red Bull.’”
Verstappen has failed to finish the last two Grand Prix due to a technical failure on his RB16 at Monza and a first-lap crash at Mugello, which was ultimately caused by a power unit issue putting him in harm’s way as he dropped down the order.
Last week, it transpired that Verstappen has a performance-related exit clause in his contract which could allow him to leave Red Bull at the end of the 2021 F1 season.
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