Ex-Formula 1 team boss Eddie Jordan reckons Lewis Hamilton should quit Mercedes to join Max Verstappen at Red Bull.

With his current contract set to expire at the end of the year, six-times world champion Hamilton is widely expected to agree fresh terms with Mercedes for 2021 and beyond.

But Jordan feels a sensational switch to Red Bull would be a more exciting prospect for the sport, and the former Jordan boss believes Verstappen could beat Hamilton in the same car.

“I personally believe that Lewis should go to Red Bull and not to Ferrari,” Jordan said in an interview with Dutch TV channel Ziggo Sport.

“I’ll tell you that is perfect, because the best young driver of all of Formula 1 at the moment is Max Verstappen. There is no question about it.

“His style, his speed, his intellect, his control on the track. Also his arrogance. And grand prix winners and grand prix champions need a level of arrogance. That is obvious. And he has that.

“Whether he got it from Jos or whatever, I have no real idea, but the facts are that he has an unbelievable talent. And what I believe is if he had a teammate like Lewis Hamilton, then I do believe he would be able to beat him.”

While Jordan believes that Hamilton is on the same level with all-time greats such as Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, he is fully convinced that Verstappen has the abilities to achieve similar levels of success with the right machinery underneath him.

“I think Lewis at the end of this year will be better than everybody,” he explained.

“I have to say that Lewis is on a level with Prost, Senna and Schumacher. And I think he is about to pass them, until Max gets himself sorted.

“Then once Max gets on a roll, he will be exactly the same. I don’t think Red Bull are far away. They are extremely close. And I think they haven’t really been that lucky this year.

“We saw the DNFs of Max and a few little issues, you know. [Alex] Albon finished third last race. I do believe that the engine, the Honda engine, has the equal or will be the equal very soon of the Mercedes.

“So as I said to Adrian, Adrian Newey: 'You have to make a better car, because if you perform like I know that Max can perform, then it is a world championship there for you to have with Red Bull'.”