Lewis Hamilton hints he could join a potential Man United takeover with Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Lewis Hamilton drops a key hint he could join a potential takeover bid from Man United as the seven-time F1 champion admits he hopes “in the future” to join forces with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and buy a football club

  • Lewis Hamilton hints he could join Sir Jim Ratcliffe in Man United takeover
  • Sir Jim Ratcliffe has admitted he wants to buy the Old Trafford club
  • Hamilton battled Ratcliffe in his bid to take over Chelsea

Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton has suggested he could join Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s potential Manchester United purchase.

Hamilton has already crossed paths with Ratcliffe as he was a rival in taking over Chelsea before the London club was sold to American Todd Boehly.

Ratcliffe is valued at £15 billion and is considered Britain’s richest man.

Lewis Hamilton has hinted he would be interested in a potential Man United takeover

Lewis Hamilton has hinted he would be interested in a potential Man United takeover

However, little progress was made in his attempts to complete a takeover at Manchester United, which fans had hoped for due to their anger at the Glazers, the current club owners, for a lack of investment.

Ratcliffe and Hamilton know each other through Mercedes as a third of the team is owned by the British billionaire.

Asked about the potential takeover when he was at this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, Hamilton said: “It’s the first time I’ve heard about it.

“I haven’t had time to meet Jim since I was in Namibia (mid-season).

Hamilton last met Sir Jim Ratcliffe (pictured) while he was in Namibia

Hamilton last met Sir Jim Ratcliffe (pictured) while he was in Namibia

“I haven’t gotten a call from him asking if I want to be involved, but I want to get more involved with teams.

“But Jim’s part boss and part partner, I would say we’re more partners because we’re here together and I’m hoping to do something with Jim in the future and build with him, I don’t know when that is. ‘ will be or what that will be.’

The Glazers are believed to be ignoring Ratcliffe’s efforts to buy the club he supported as a child.

Manchester United fans are not happy with the Glazers' current ownership of the club

Manchester United fans are not happy with the Glazers’ current ownership of the club

Brothers and co-owners Avram (right) and Joel Glazer (left) have ignored requests to sell United

Brothers and co-owners Avram (right) and Joel Glazer (left) have ignored requests to sell United

Hamilton takes sports ownership equally seriously, having admitted his attempts to buy Chelsea served to improve the sport’s diversity and inclusivity while also turning the Blues into a profitable organisation.

The Mercedes driver expanded his athletic portfolio when he recently invested in the NFL team, the Denver Broncos.

Hamilton added: “I really believe in black ownership, which is lacking in sport.

“When I get involved with the Broncos, for example, I really try to focus on what I can do within the team.

“Within the infrastructure and the environment in terms of the stadium and the houses that you end up building when you finally get a new stadium and all those things, so it’s exciting for the potential that’s there.”

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