Hamilton is not currently part of Ratcliffe's bid to buy Man United

Lewis Hamilton is not currently part of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s bid to buy Manchester United despite their close friendship and the British F1 star – and lifelong Arsenal fan – seeking to get involved in ownership of sports teams

  • Ratcliffe invested in Mercedes in 2020, and has attended a number of F1 races 
  • Hamilton was part of Sir Martin Broughton’s failed bid to buy Chelsea last year
  • The F1 star subsequently bought a stake in NFL franchise Denver Broncos

Seven-time Formula One world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton is not currently active in Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s move to buy Manchester United.

Ratcliffe has entered the bidding for United as one of the UK’s richest men looks to complete a takeover of the club he supported as a boy.

The 70-year-old has a reported net worth a £12.5billion thanks to the success of global chemical company INEOS, which is principal partner and one-third shareholder of Hamilton’s Mercedes team.


Sir Jim Ratcliffe (R), one of the UK’s richest men, has gown close to F1 star Lewis Hamilton (L)

Hamilton, 38, formed part of Sir Martin Broughton’s failed bid to buy Chelsea last year, but subsequently bought a stake in NFL franchise Denver Broncos.

Ratcliffe meanwhile invested in Mercedes in 2020, has attended a number of races and grown close to Hamilton – who holds the record for the most wins in Formula One.

When asked about Ratcliffe’s potential United takeover at last September’s Dutch Grand Prix, Hamilton said: ‘Jim is part-boss and part-partner. I’d say we’re more partners because we’re in this together.

Ratcliffe, here celebrating Hamilton’s victory in Barcelona in 2021, is principal partner and one-third shareholder of his Mercedes team

‘I hope in the future to do something with Jim and build with him. I don’t know when that will be or what that will be.

‘But I do want to get more and more involved in teams because I really do believe in black ownership and black equity, because there is a real lack of that in sport.’

However, lifelong Arsenal fan Hamilton is not currently involved in the bid, according to the Press Association.

United announced on November 22 that the board ‘will consider all strategic alternatives, including new investment into the club, a sale, or other transactions involving the company’.

Ratcliffe, who owns Nice, has confirmed his interest in buying Manchester United

Executive co-chairmen Avram and Joel Glazer added that they were looking to ‘maximise the significant growth opportunities available to the club today and in the future’.

INEOS become the first prospective buyer to confirm entering the bidding for United, with a spokesperson confirming on Tuesday that it had ‘formally put ourselves into the process’.

The Raine Group is acting as United’s exclusive financial advisor having overseen Chelsea’s sale last year.

The investment banking firm is looking to keep the process moving as quickly as possible, with the first quarter of the year recognised as a key time.

The Glazers have confirmed they are ready to sell Manchester United after 17 years at the club




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