Lewis Hamilton has accused Christian Horner of “stirring things” following claims his management team approached Red Bull over a move to the current Formula 1 world champions.
Hamilton is contracted to Mercedes until the end of 2025 after putting pen to paper on a new two-year deal back in August.
There was speculation that Hamilton held talks with teams outside of Mercedes over a seat for 2024 and beyond, but the seven-time world champion has vowed to stay tight-lipped on the matter.
Ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Red Bull boss Horner made the claim in an interview with the Daily Mail that Hamilton’s representatives had contacted them earlier in the year.
But speaking to Sky Sports F1 when asked directly about Horner’s comments, Hamilton denied he had sat down with Red Bull to discuss joining the team.
“I don’t really know where that story’s come from,” Hamilton said. “I mean, I know it’s come from Christian, I don’t really understand what he’s been talking about because no one, as far as I’m aware, from my team has spoken to him.”
“I haven’t spoken to Christian, really, in years. However, he did reach out to me earlier in the year about meeting up.
“But that’s it, I just congratulated him on an amazing year and said, I hope… soon I’ll be able to fight against you guys in the near future. That was it. So I’m not really sure. I think he’s just stirring things.”
He added: “You know Christian, he loves that kind of stuff.”
In the same interview, Horner downplayed the prospect of Hamilton lining up alongside Max Verstappen, reiterating previous comments that Red Bull is against having two high profile drivers.
While Hamilton said he would not say no to racing against Verstappen in the same team, he made clear of his desire to help Mercedes bounce back from its current slump and challenge for world titles.
“For me, moving to Red Bull – [they’ve] done an amazing job and it is an incredible team and any driver would would love to drive for such a great group of people – [but] I think moving from a car that’s not so great to a winning car, from my perspective, that’s not the dream,” he said.
“The dream is always to start where we kind of are and build up to them winning and that’s why I’ve stayed with Mercedes.”