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Itís all completely hypothetical with both drivers currently working for different teams on long term contracts, but the prospect of two of the current generationís drivers being in identical cars is a mouth watering prospect.

Defending World champion Sebastian Vettel may well have recently signed a new contract showing his commitment to remain with Red Bull for the foreseeable future and former champ Lewis Hamilton has always shown his commitment to McLaren, only recently reaffirming that point to the press.

ĒI am committed to the team, committed to winning. This is where my heart and mind are. I'm not thinking about going elsewhere.Ē Hamilton said following rumours linking him with a move to Red Bull last week.

So why has this story been brought up again? Well Red Bull team Principal Christian Horner has been quizzed on the subject again ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

'It's difficult to see how you could have two drivers of Lewis's and Sebastian's calibre under one roof. There tends to be fireworks as we saw with Fernando Alonso and Lewis.

We're very happy with our current drivers. We'll see how things evolve.'
he told the BBC.

The Red Bull boss appeared to just try and play down the link, to quash the rumours and put an end to the questions, however questioning Hamiltonís ability to work with Vettel has appeared to rub Hamilton up the wrong way and the Brit responded to the comments on Friday.

'Look at me and Jenson. World champions can race together as long as there is quality in the team.' Hamilton defiantly stated.

'With our team being a manufacturer, it means equally as much to them to win the constructors' as it does the drivers'.

'I don't know if that's the same for them. It doesn't necessarily affect them because they're not a car company, but I think it is possible.'

Hamiltonís current contract with McLaren runs until the end of the 2012 season, while Vettelís Red Bull deal runs until the end of the 2014.

With both drivers still in the early stages of their careers, they could easily end up in the same team eventually, but it certainly isnít likely for it to happen in the immediate future.

As long as McLaren continue to show the potential to be competitive, Lewis Hamilton is unlikely to leave the team he has been with since he was a kid and the same can be said for Vettel with Red Bull, especially since their recent moves have shown they are committed to remain in F1 and are far from being just a ďdrinks companyĒ.

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Date:Saturday April 9 2011

Time: 8:40AM


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