Max Verstappen should quit Red Bull for Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton needs a challenge

He may only be 21 but the Dutchman continues to prove his ability in his inconsistent Red Bull.

That was underlined by an incredible win last weekend at the Austrian Grand Prix which saw Max Verstappen overtake Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the final laps.

The youngster rightly kept his win after an investigation by stewards into the manoeuvre with saw him take the lead.

Before the race, news emerged that there is a clause in Verstappen’s contract which could allow the Red Bull driver to switch teams for 2020.

That was actually confirmed by his manager Raymond Vermeulen.

“We confirm that there is a performance clause in the contract,” he explained.

“But we will not make any further statements about its content.

“Red Bull and Verstappen know exactly what the agreements entail.”

There has been much speculation since as to what the clause consists of.

Some have reported that if Verstappen secured a win this season for Red Bull it would make any chance of him leaving disappear.

But if the 21-year-old has got the opportunity to make a move away from his current team he must take it.

Verstappen should want to test himself at the highest level against the very best.

Valtteri Bottas has once again struggled to keep up with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes and with a bit of strategic manoeuvring the Dutchman could make a switch.

Verstappen has six wins and 25 podium finishes to his name in his short career so far.

But if he had the Mercedes car underneath him there’s no doubt Hamilton would not have won six of the nine races so far this season.

And Hamilton has admitted he would like to team up with Verstappen one day in F1.

He said: “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.”

F1 has been lacking excitement this season and the thought of Hamilton and Verstappen lining up alongside one another in the same car would create a huge buzz.

If Verstappen does move to Mercedes, don’t be surprised to see the end of Hamilton dominance in the sport.

Red Bull will be desperate for the Dutchman to stay but it is time for him to use the ruthless streak he uses on the track off it to get a blockbuster move.

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