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Red Bull chief explains Verstappen to Mercedes stance amid Lewis Hamilton retirement talk

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP rides a scooter round the circuit during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on October 30, 2020 in Imola, Italy.

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Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner is not worried about Max Verstappen’s possible move to Mercedes. The Dutchman has been tipped as a potential replacement for Lewis Hamilton. Horner claims his team are fully focused on the factors they can control rather than getting caught up in scandal ahead of the upcoming season.

“I think I’ve been around too long to worry too much about what others are doing,” he told Autosport. “The most important thing for us is to concern ourselves with what we’re doing. And it’s enormously important for ourselves, and obviously, Max, to build on the potential that we’ve shown. That’s our objective.

“I’m not really paying a great deal of attention to speculation. It’s: ‘we need to control the things that we have at our disposal and we need to maximise our own performance’, which is absolutely our combined objective for this year.”

Verstappen is preparing for his sixth season in F1 with the hope of improving on last year’s third-place finish in the Drivers’ Championship.

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