Lewis Hamilton was the subject of a hilarious April Fool’s Day story on Friday saying he was set to leave Mercedes for Red Bull. The Briton had a difficult start to the new F1 season with the Silver Arrows. Still, that doesn’t mean he’s about to do the unthinkable and switch sides.

April Fool’s Day is a day when unusual stories are thrown around.

And Carbuzz didn’t miss the chance to get involved, creating a story that Hamilton was set to leave Mercedes for Red Bull.

If it hadn’t been a joke, what a story it would have been. It would have been arguably the biggest shock in Formula 1 history.

Hamilton’s relationship with Red Bull isn’t exactly the best given last season’s controversy, where he regularly exchanged blows with Verstappen on and off the grid as they battled for the Formula title. 1.

And the prospect of him acting as a secondary driver within their setup is something no serious F1 fan will ever comprehend.

The article contained amusing ‘quotes’ from Hamilton, where the Mercedes star explained his so-called decision to switch allegiances.

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“That’s what convinced me to switch from a manufacturer to an energy drink,” said the Briton.

“As the second driver, there is a 100% guarantee that I will always be behind Verstappen.

“And even if I pass him while he’s boxing, the pit crew will give me enough warning when he gets behind me.”

He added: “With Max ahead of me, there won’t be any more surprises like the one at Monza last year.

“One minute, I’m driving, and boom. Suddenly I have a Dutchman all over my helmet.

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Obviously, that won’t happen.

Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes is due to expire in 2023 and it could very well be his last given the problems the team have faced so far this season.

He did well to finish third in the Bahrain Grand Prix in the first race of the season, behind Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr.

But Hamilton was forced to settle for 10th place last time out in Saudi Arabia, with Verstappen reigning instead.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has admitted he is unhappy with the way the Silver Arrows have started the new season, insisting it is “extremely painful”.

“We’ve been right in the middle of these fun games [at the front] over the past eight years,” Wolff said.

“It’s extremely painful not to participate in these fun games, and by a big lap time delay.

“We’re not going to rest until we’re back in the mix. It’s not fun at all. It’s an exercise in humility and it’s going to make us stronger in the end, even if it’s not fun right now.

He added: “I think we don’t drive the car where we want to drive it. [in terms of set-up]and therefore it is very difficult to really assess the lap time deficit if we could run the car lower.

“I really hope the gap is much closer to what we saw [in Saudi Arabia]but there are deficits everywhere.

Hamilton, meanwhile, opened up about his mental health and how he’s struggled during his career.

The 37-year-old took to social media to say: “It’s already been such a difficult year with everything going on around us.

“I struggled mentally and emotionally for a long time, to keep going is a constant effort but we have to keep fighting.

“I am writing to tell you that it is okay to feel what you are feeling, just know that you are not alone and we will get through this.

“We have so much to do and accomplish.”


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