Lewis Hamilton has admitted that linking Ferrari remains a possible option for him in the future but is not sure whether the move a part of his F1″game strategy” – with the Mercedes driver stating that”dedication is crucial”.
Although Hamilton is signed at Mercedes a blockbuster link-up between the world champion along with the game’s most prestigious team has been mooted, although Hamilton has made no secret of his admiration for Ferrari.
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Mercedes revealed last year the prospect of Hamilton driving for Ferrari was discussed in their contract talks.
Upon arriving at Monza, the Scuderia’s famous home F1 track, Hamilton stated he receives messages by Ferrari fans asking him to join, but had been non-committal over his future when requested by Sky F1 in the event the switch”tempts” him.
“I don’t know if it is all about being tempted, it is about whether or not it’s a part of the game plan,” replied Hamilton, who subsequently explained how significant”background” and”loyalty” are to him in Mercedes, that he included in 2013.
“I was simply asked this question:’How would you feel if you finished your career without being at Ferrari?’ . And frankly when you are part of Mercedes you are a part of a household for a life – providing you stay together.
“If you take a look in Stirling Moss, then you have got Juan Manuel Fangio who is still honoured within the family. You’re a part of the history and they care for you for the remainder of your life.
“That is important to me personally, loyalty is a very key component.
“However, if there is a stage 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 now settled using”two great drivers” at Sebastian Vettel along with Charles Leclerc, that he has been particularly impressed with in his rookie year.
“They have two great drivers there now,” explained Hamilton. “I am sure they’re delighted with their youthful star that they’ve got coming up and now I’m super excited to see how he progresses.”
Hamilton is now your favorite to claim that a sixth in 2019 holding a 65-point lead with eight races remaining in the season and has won four of his five titles with Mercedes.
Ferrari sealed their first success of the season last weekend in Belgium but return to their residence Italian GP under stress.
The team have not won at Monza because 2010 – with Mercedes winning the previous five races – while their drivers’ and constructors’ titles came from 2007 and 2008 .
Hamilton believes that barren run is one of the reasons fans have been calling for his signature.
“They have not had a championship obviously since 2007 so there’s that longing that all fans have of visiting their favourite team succeed,” he explained.
“I’m sure they are just relating this to the fact that I’ve won the championship the past couple of years.”
Ferrari supporters, the Tifosi, is going to be out in force again this weekend however, although Hamilton has been booed on the podium earlier, he believes the relationship is improving.
“I think that it’s grown a good deal over the years however, it requires a very long time to shift awareness,” he said.
“We come here and you stand together with the podium and 90 per cent and are all Ferrari fans. Frequently we’ve come here with Mercedes on the step and I have made the weekend maybe not so great for Ferrari fans.
“But I love and esteem them a enormous amount and, in actual fact, once I come here a lot of Ferrari fans really ask me to visit Ferrari. And I get a lot of Ferrari fans who say,’I am a Ferrari fan but I respect you’.
“I think it’s growing slowly, bit by bit. However, it would not ever be the same if I had been driving for a Ferrari team.”
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