Throughout Lewis Hamilton‘s career, he has often been linked to Ferrari. And there’s no reason for fans to not to do that. The Briton is arguably one of the best F1 drivers of all time, and it may seem only fitting that he races for the best team of all time too. However, this dream partnership has never translated into reality.
Ferrari’s lure often proves to be irresistible, but the stars never quite aligned, neither for Hamilton nor for Ferrari. It is obvious that the former may not regret it considering what he has gone on to achieve with Mercedes.
But what about Ferrari? Do they regret not getting Hamilton on board?
According to team boss Mattia Binotto, they don’t.
Binotto said, “I don’t think there will be regret because at the end when we took some decisions, we took them thinking they were the right decisions and today we have a fantastic driver like Charles where we invested a lot as Ferrari.
“I think he’s got a lot of talent. If he’s got the right car, I’m pretty sure he can challenge Lewis Hamilton.”
Binotto does have some high hopes from Charles Leclerc, and rightly so. The Scuderia were quick to identify his potential and snapped him up from Sauber for the 2019 season.
The Monegasque went on to show exactly why he is so highly rated by beating teammate and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel through the course of the next two campaigns.
Pairing Leclerc at the Maranello-based outfit this year will be Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard is joining the Scuderia after two impressive years at McLaren. Considering Leclerc seems to be the apple of Ferrari’s eye, questions have arisen whether Sainz will be playing the role of a ‘number 2.’
Binotto said that wouldn’t be the case. “There is not a number one and number two, they will have equal opportunities – certainly at the start of the season.
“I think what we have to do as usual is to optimize the team points, and when you optimize the team points normally you are optimizing the drivers’ points as well. Team points is the number one.
“Later in the season, let’s see how things will progress, let’s see what objectives individual drivers can maybe achieve and if we need to adopt a different strategy but at the start of the season they will be free to fight.”
What 2021 holds in store for Ferrari remains unclear. However, the team and fans would hope that the new year brings a lot more joy after the horrors of 2020.