Over the past few weeks, there has been a number of rumours linking Lewis Hamilton to Scuderia Ferrari. In fact, Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri tried to downplay things, saying that Hamilton’s meeting with chairman John Elkann was blown out of proportion.
The Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari rumours gathered steam after the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. Apparently, Hamilton revealed that he met with Ferrari boss John Elkann twice. Naturally the media storm surrounding the rumour, intensified. It led to speculation that the six-time title winner could leave Mercedes when his contract expires in 2020.
Mercedes and Hamilton insisted that the primary plan is to extend their partnership. However, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff confessed that there was a “25%” chance that Lewis Hamilton could jump ship to Ferrari.
Speaking to Motorsport.com and other media at Maranello, Camilleri confirmed Hamilton’s meeting with Elkann. However, he insisted that it was not a professional rendezvous, but a more informal gathering.
“It was a social event, which has sort of been blown somewhat out of proportion,” he said. “They have some common friends.”
“The fact is we have a long-term agreement with one driver and with the other driver the agreement expires at the end of 2020. We clearly are very flattered that Lewis in particular, and other drivers, want to come and join us. But it would be premature to decide anything now for the future.”
Meanwhile, Scuderia Ferrari will stick to their guns for 2020, namely Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. However, it is note-worthy that Leclerc has a long-term deal, while Vettel is out of contract after next season.
Camilleri dismissed any talk about Ferrari allowing Hamilton’s non-F1 activities, if he did join. Admittedly, with the 2021 regulations, there could be a massive reshuffle in the race seats. The only question that remains is, who will go where, and what will be the potential driver combinations.