16 Oct Lewis Hamilton on Ferrari and why he has no desire to leave Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton has confessed that linking Ferrari stays a potential solution for him in the long run but is not certain whether the move is part of the F1″game strategy” – together with the Mercedes driver stating that”loyalty is crucial”.
Although Hamilton is signed up at Mercedes until the end of 2020, a blockbuster link-up involving the five-time world champion and the sport’s most prestigious group has long been mooted, while Hamilton has made no secret of his admiration.
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Mercedes also disclosed that the prospect of Hamilton driving for Ferrari was discussed in their contract talks last year.
Upon arriving at Monza, the Scuderia’s famous home F1 track, Hamilton said he receives messages out of Ferrari fans requesting him to joinbut was non-committal over his potential when asked by Sky F1 in the event the change”tempts” him.
“I really don’t know whether it’s about being tempted, it’s all about whether or not it’s a part of the game plan,” replied Hamilton, who subsequently explained how significant”background” and”loyalty” would be to him Mercedes, that he included in 2013.
“I was only asked this question:’How do you feel if you finished your career without being at Ferrari?’ . And honestly when you’re a part of Mercedes you are a part of a household for a lifetime – providing you stay together.
“If you take a look in Stirling Moss, then you’ve got Juan Manuel Fangio who is still honoured within the family. You’re a part of the background and they look after you.
“That is important to me, loyalty is a very key component.
“But if there is some stage in my life where I decide I want to modify, then [Ferrari] possibly could be an option.”
Hamilton added to colleagues that Ferrari are now settled with”two great drivers” at Sebastian Vettel along with Charles Leclerc, who he has been particularly impressed with his rookie year.
“They’ve got two motorists there today,” said Hamilton. “I’m sure they are happy with their youthful star they’ve got coming up and I am very excited to see how he progresses.”
Hamilton is now your favorite to claim that the sixth in 2019 holding a 65-point lead with just eight races and has won four of the five titles with Mercedes.
Ferrari sealed their first success of the season past weekend in Belgium but still return to their residence Italian GP under pressure.
The team have not won at Monza since 2010 – together by Mercedes winning the past five races – while their last drivers’ and constructors’ titles came from 2007 and 2008 respectively.
Hamilton considers that run is just one of the reasons fans have been calling for his trademark.
“They have not had a championship obviously since 2007 so there is that longing that fans have of seeing their favorite team triumph,” he explained.
“I’m convinced they’re only relating this to the fact that I’ve won the championship the last few years.”
The Tifosi, ferrari supporters, will soon be out in force this weekend before, he believes the relationship is improving, though Hamilton has been booed on the podium.
“I think it’s grown a lot over the years but it takes a very long time to shift perception,” he explained.
“We still come here and you stand on top of the podium and 90 percent and are Ferrari fans. We’ve come here using Mercedes on the step, and I’ve created the weekend maybe not so good for Ferrari lovers.
“But I appreciate and respect them a massive amount and, in actual fact, when I come here lots of Ferrari fans actually ask me to visit Ferrari. And I get lots of Ferrari lovers who say,’I’m a Ferrari fan but I respect you’.
“I think it’s growing slowly, bit by little bit. However, it would never be the same as if I had been driving to get a Ferrari team”
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