Former Ferrari F1 Boss Makes a Shocking Lewis Hamilton Admission – ‘We Discussed That’

Published 10/05/2021, 6:46 AM EDT
NOIDA, INDIA – OCTOBER 26: Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali attends the official press conference following practice for the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit on October 26, 2012 in Noida, India. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Lewis Hamilton has been the most successful driver in F1 history. He has won 7 world championships, with six of them coming with his current team Mercedes. Former Ferrari team principal and F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali mentioned that when he was with Ferrari, he had discussions to bring in Hamilton.

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Stefano confirmed that he and Ferrari had shown interest in signing Lewis after his McLaren tenure. But it ever quite materialized, and the Brit went for the German manufacturer.

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This is true, we discussed that: Stefano Domenicali

As reported by GPBlog, the former Ferrari team boss recalled the time when he showed an interest in signing Hamilton. He also mentioned that although the move never came together, he will not blame Hamilton for deciding to go with Mercedes.

“To be honest, yes. This is true, we discussed that, “ Stefano confessed.

“Today, that period has passed away. There is a movie called Sliding Doors. There are moments when you get in an elevator, you stay on the floor. That was the situation that Lewis lived in at that specific time of his life. You cannot blame his choice,” said the former Ferrari boss.

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Lewis Hamilton had earlier echoed the sentiments of Domenicali. He mentioned it would be crazy to end his career and not have driven for Ferrari. He continued by saying he does not know why the move to Ferrari never materialized.

“It’s definitely going to be crazy to think that I never drove for Ferrari,” said Hamilton.

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 9, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Luca Bruno

“Of course I look at the color and the red, it’s just… it’s still red. I have a couple of Ferraris at home, so I do get to drive a Ferrari, just not the one! For everyone, that’s a dream position to be in. It was just never really fully on the cards for me.”

I’ll never know fully exactly why, but I wish them all the best and I’m going to spend the next bit of my time stopping them from winning the championship!” concluded Lewis.

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It would be interesting to see what Hamilton’s career would have been like if he had joined Ferrari. Would he have fared better than the other drivers and won the championship with them? We will never know.

Would Lewis have won at Ferrari? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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