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Lewis Hamilton keen on joint Manchester United bid with Jim Ratcliffe

The Formula 1 champion was part of a failed consortium formed to buy Chelsea

by Derick Kinoti

Sir Lewis Hamilton has responded to questions regarding his possible involvement in a Jim Ratcliffe consortium to buy Manchester United.

The seven-time Formula 1 champion, alongside tennis legend Serena Williams, was part of the Sir Martin Broughton consortium keen on buying Chelsea.

The two sports legends, Williams and Hamilton, were rumoured to have pledged £10m each as established investors. They eventually lost to the Todd Boehly-led consortium that bought the London outfit.

Hamilton was asked whether he would be interested in a potential takeover of the Red Devils while in the Netherlands, ahead of the Grand Prix tomorrow.

On this, he responded, “It’s the first time I’ve heard of it, so I haven’t had time to catch up with Jim since I was in Namibia, which I need to do because he goes to Namibia quite often.”

The 37-year-old failed to rule out his involvement in a takeover bid initiated by Ratcliffe.

“Jim’s part boss but a partner – I’d say we’re more partners because we’re in this together, and I hope in future to do something with Jim and build with him.”

“I don’t know where that will be or what that will be, so I can’t really say.”

He however said that he is actively looking to be more involved in sports teams, in an effort to improve representation at the elite level.

“I do want to get more and more involved in teams because I really do believe in black ownership.”

“There is a lack of it in sports. And black equity, again, there is a real lack of that.”

Hamilton’s words suggest that he would very much welcome being part of the consortium that takes over the Manchester club from the Glazer family, who have held the reins of power at Old Trafford since 2003.


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