Hamilton and tennis superstar Serena Williams will pledge £10m each to the takeover bid led by Sir Martin Broughton, the former Liverpool FC and British Airways chairman, Sky News reported.

"I am a PSV (Eindhoven) fan and I would never buy Ajax," Verstappen told the Press Association.

"And if I was going to buy a football club, I would want to be the full owner and to take the decisions myself, not own just a tiny percentage."

Verstappen then quipped: "I thought he was an Arsenal fan? And if you are an Arsenal fan going for Chelsea, that is quite interesting.

"But everyone does what they want with their money, so let's see what comes out of it."

How will F1 great Hamilton be involved with buying Chelsea?

Sky News have reported a source which calls Hamilton and Williams' involvement "a serious investment decision because of their experience at building global sports brands".

They were enticed to pledge their own money due to "the diversity of its roster of global investors", Sky News' source added.

Hamilton could play a formal role within Chelsea promoting diversity, equality and inclusion, the report states.

The consortium that Hamilton has joined is one of three prospective buyers of the football club which Roman Abramovich has owned for nearly 20 years.

Does the sprint suit Red Bull?

Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko conceded that the team needs to ‘attack fully’ instead of waiting to introduce upgrades in a bid to close in on Ferrari.

"Ferrari has such a complex but easy to setup package," Marko told RTL. "For us, everything has to be correctly applied to be able to compete. That's why we're taking the risk of bringing new parts with only one practice session available.

"We want to attack fully and see this as our chance instead of waiting. Ferrari and Charles Leclerc are too strong for that."

With just one practice session, Red Bull will just have 60 minutes to validate their new upgrades.

Full F1 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix weekend schedule in UK (BST) time:

Friday, April 22

12:30pm to 1:30pm - Practice 1

4pm to 5pm - Qualifying

Saturday, April 23

11:30pm to 12:30pm - Practice 2

3:30pm to 4:30pm - Sprint Qualifying

Sunday, April 24

2pm to 4pm - Race

How can I watch on TV in the UK?

Sky Sports F1 is live on Friday April 22 at 12pm ahead of Practice 1, and at 3:25pm ahead of qualifying, then at 11am on Saturday April 23 for Practice 2.

Sprint qualifying build-up begins on Sky Sports F1 at 2:30pm on Saturday, April 23.

Channel 4 will show highlights from qualifying at 6:45pm 

Race build-up for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix begins at 12:30pm on Sunday, April 24 on Sky Sports F1.

How else can I follow the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix? 

Besides TV coverage, Crash.net will be providing live text commentary of every practice, qualifying and race session in 2022.

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