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It has been revealed that Lewis Hamilton requested Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone last year to try and secure a seat for him at Red Bull in 2013 and that the former world champion wasn’t particularly interested in joining Mercedes.
Negotiations for the 28-year-old’s potential future gained traction at the British Grand Prix last year but Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz preferred to remain dedicated to Mark Webber, who extended his contract with the team for another season.
"Had Mark gone, Dietrich would have signed Lewis," Ecclestone told the Daily Mail suggesting that Hamilton would have partnered Sebastian Vettel in 2013 if Webber would have left.
With the Red Bull option unavailable, the 82-year-old billionaire told Hamilton to check with Mercedes.
“Lewis rolled his eyes,” recalled Ecclestone indicating that the 2008 world champion didn’t give the option a serious thought at the time. “But I told him that he had nothing to lose as he wanted out of McLaren.’
Hamilton has denied these claims.
"I said to my management team to speak to all the teams and give me what the best options were," the Mercedes driver was quoted saying by Autosport. "There was no particular one that I was pushing for more."