Carlos Sainz has joked he needs to have words with Lewis Hamilton after the F1 champion revealed his allegiance to FC Barcelona on Twitter. Barcelona take on El Clasico rivals Real Madrid CF at the Bernabeu on Sunday night.
The showdown is hotly-anticipated among fans all over the world and has been spiced up this year with Barcelona and Real looking set to battle it out for the La Liga title.
Barcelona are just two points ahead of Real ahead of their trip to Madrid and will be replaced at the top of the table if Zinedine Zidane’s men claim all three points at home.
The Catalan giants can, though, count on the backing of Hamilton, who’s pledged his support to Lionel Messi and co. ahead of Sunday night’s clash.
Hamilton, who’s been in Spain for pre-season testing over the past two weeks, tweeted a picture of himself wearing this season’s Barcelona jersey alongside a special message.
The 35-year-old wrote: “Huge thanks to @FCBarcelona for sending me the team shirt. I’m a massive fan and I’ll be rooting for you guys tomorrow in El Clasico. Visca El Barca.”
Hamilton’s tweet prompted a flurry of responses from F1 and football fans, including none other than McLaren driver Sainz, who supporters Real.
Sainz took the opportunity to call out Hamilton with a bit of good-natured banter ahead of the start of the 2020 F1 season, which begins in Melbourne in two weeks’ time.
Sainz simply wrote “Hey @LewisHamilton, we need to talk.” before following up his message with the serial Champions League-winners’ ‘HalaMadrid’ hashtag.
Hamilton, who will this year go in search of a record-equalling seventh World Drivers’ Championship title, saw the funny side of Sainz’s tweet.
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The Mercedes driver replied with a crying laughing emoji in a public response plenty of his Twitter followers got behind.
Hamilton’s former McLaren team-mate and Sainz’s fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso will, meanwhile, be cheering on Real when they take on Barcelona.
Alonso this week offered his backing to Hamilton as he picked out the six-time F1 champion as the favourite to scoop top honours this year.
Asked by Sky Sports if Hamilton would win a seventh title in 2020, Alonso said: “I think so. Looking at the test it seems that Mercedes is still quite competitive and they show again enormous potential on the development side and on the progress from one year to the next.
“Formula 1 is impossible to predict because many things happen in the season but as a starting point I think they are the favourites. When you have Lewis in the car and Mercedes with the potential that they have they have to be No 1 favourite.”
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