Lewis Hamilton is yet to sign a new deal with Mercedes as closes in on a seventh world title. The 35-year-old is widely expected to stay with the Silver Arrows, who have also been rumoured with a move for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the near future.
That’s unlikely to happen next year, though, with the Brit expected to sign an extension and team-mate Valtteri Bottas already locked in for 2021.
While Hamilton attempts to equal Michael Schumacher’s tally of seven world titles at the Turkish Grand Prix this weekend, Verstappen continues to impress for Red Bull.
Many have tipped the Dutchman to be Hamilton’s successor, either at Mercedes or in F1 in general.
But Max Chilton, who raced in F1 for Marussia between 2013 and 2014, would love to see the pair battle it out in the same car.
“I think it would be one of the best pairings ever in Formula 1 history,” Chilton told Express Sport.
“It probably wouldn’t be for Mercedes but I think it’d be fantastic for the fans and the sport to see it.
“Lewis – he’s not old – but he’s been in the sport for 15 years or more and Max is of the slightly younger generation who could potentially be the next Louis.
“So it’d be great to see, in the same car, what they can do against each other.
“Whether we’ll be lucky enough to ever see that I don’t know the answer.”
He added: “I think if there’s one person on the grid to really push Louis, it would be Max.
“But I don’t think anyone ever really scares Louis because I think anyone who’s ever been up against him, he can always get the better hand of.
“You know, Jensen [Button] did beat him, Nico [Rosberg] beat him, Bottas has beaten him but, in general, Lewis always has so much belief in himself.
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“I think it would be fascinating to see [Hamilton against Verstappen].”
Chilton acknowledges that there are many other good drivers in F1 who could step into the Mercedes.
But he feels Verstappen has some key qualities that set him apart.
“For me, it would just be Max,” said Chilton.
“There are lots of other good drivers on the grid, don’t get me wrong, but I think he’s got that real fighting ambition of giving it absolutely everything.
“I think he’s done an amazing job in that Red Bull which hasn’t had the upper hand for the last couple of years.
“He’s a hard tough racer, and so is Lewis, so those two together would just be fireworks.”
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