Sebastian Vettel: “I think I would have enjoyed racing with Lewis”

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Sebastian Vettel reveals he held talks with Mercedes to team up with Lewis Hamilton, and explains why it ultimately never happened.

During his appearance of F1’s Beyond the Grid podcast Sebastian Vettel said he was at one point negotiating with Mercedes about a possible switch from Ferrari.

“Maybe there was [an opportunity to race alongside Lewis Hamilton],

“I spoke with Niki [Lauda, Mercedes’ non-executive director at the time], but to be honest, it was halfway through the Ferrari period.

“Obviously it would have been a big deal, because Lewis was their number one, and I’m not sure whether they would have liked to have us both in the team.

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“But I also didn’t have great interest at that time, because I was so committed to Ferrari. That was my dream to make that thing work, so you talk to each other, but it wasn’t really serious.”

Seb then said he would have loved to race with Lewis in the same car.

“I think it would have been a great challenge, and I think I would have enjoyed that, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

“At that time, like I said, my focus was to win with Ferrari. I didn’t want to change team and win with Mercedes, but it just didn’t happen. I am cool with that.

“I think I would have enjoyed racing with Lewis,” the German concluded.

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