Lewis Hamilton has confessed that linking Ferrari stays a possible solution for him in the future but isn’t certain whether the movement a part of the F1″game strategy” – with the Mercedes driver saying that”dedication is crucial”.
While Hamilton has made no secret of his admiration for Ferrari although Hamilton is signed at Mercedes until the end of 2020, a between the world champion and the sport’s most prestigious team has been mooted.
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Mercedes disclosed this past year that the prospect of Hamilton was discussed in their contract talks.
Upon arriving at Monza, the Scuderia’s famous house F1 monitor, Hamilton said he still receives messages by Ferrari fans asking him to joinbut had been non-committal over his potential when asked by Sky F1 if the switch”tempts” him.
“I don’t know whether it is all about being tempted, it’s about whether or not it’s a part of the game plan,” replied Hamilton, who then explained how significant”background” and”devotion” are to him in Mercedes, who he included in 2013.
“I was just asked the question:’How would you feel if you ended your career without being at Ferrari?’ . And frankly when you are part of Mercedes you’re part of a household for a lifetime – providing you stay with them.
“If you look at Stirling Moss, then you have got Juan Manuel Fangio who’s still honoured inside the family. You’re a part of the background and they care for you.
“That’s important to me personally, loyalty is a very key component.
“However, if there’s some point in my life in which I decide I need to change, then [Ferrari] potentially could be an alternative.”
Hamilton added to colleagues that Ferrari are currently settled together with”two excellent drivers” in Sebastian Vettel along with Charles Leclerc, who he’s been particularly impressed with in his rookie season.
“They have two motorists there now,” said Hamilton. “I’m sure they are pleased with their youthful star that they’ve got coming up and now I am quite excited to see how he evolves”
Hamilton has won four of his five names with Mercedes and is your favourite to claim that the sixth in 2019, now holding a 65-point lead with only eight races remaining in the season.
Ferrari eventually sealed their first success of the season past weekend at Belgium but return to their home Italian GP under stress.
The team have not won at Monza – with Mercedes winning the past five races – while their drivers’ and constructors’ titles came in 2008 and 2007 respectively.
Hamilton believes that run is one.
“They have not had a championship obviously since 2007 so there’s that yearning that fans have of seeing their favourite team succeed,” he said.
“I’m convinced they’re just relating this to the simple fact I’ve won the championship the last few decades.”
The Tifosi, ferrari’s passionate supporters, is going to be out in force again this weekend however, though Hamilton has been booed on the podium before, he believes the connection is improving.
“I think it’s grown a lot over the years but it requires a long time to shift awareness,” he explained.
“We come here and you stand on top of the podium and 90 per cent plus are Ferrari fans. We’ve come here with Mercedes at the step and I’ve created the weekend maybe not so great for Ferrari fans.
“But I love and esteem them a massive amount and, in reality, once I come here lots of Ferrari fans actually ask me to visit Ferrari. And I get a lot of Ferrari fans who say,’I am a Ferrari fan but I admire you’.
“I think that it’s growing slowly, bit by little bit. However, it would not ever be the same as if I was driving to get a Ferrari team”
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