Lewis Hamilton secured his fourth World Drivers’ Championship in his F1 career at the Mexican Grand Prix in October. It was the third title he won since quitting McLaren for Mercedes ahead of the 2013 campaign. Hamilton was rumoured to a potential move to Ferrari in the future. But, loyal to Mercedes, Hamilton dismisses Ferrari suggestions once and for all. He reaffirmed his desire to stay on the Mercedes wagon until he retires.
Discussing his 19-year relationship with Mercedes, Hamilton said, “No, I am proud to be at Mercedes. I cannot imagine that will change. In life one should never say never. But I hope I finish my career in a Silver Arrow. I’ve been connected to Mercedes ever since I was 13, so longer than some people who work here in the factory in Sindelfingen. For ten years I’ve been driving Mercedes in Formula 1, longer than any Mercedes driver before. That really means something to me.”
The German manufacturer supplied engines to his first F1 team, McLaren as well until 2014. While for most drivers, racing for Ferrari would be a dream come true. However, Hamilton is not as starry-eyed about the Italian squad. Hamilton and Mercedes will be looking to get their 2018 campaign off to the best possible start when the Australian Grand Prix rolls around next March.
Hamilton dismisses Ferrari future, for now at least. But this is Formula One, as he said before, never say never in Formula One. Unfortunately, we are not psychic and all we can do is guess what Lewis’ future plans will be. The 2018 season will certainly be very very interesting in terms of the championship battle or then again maybe not. I guess we will have to make it through F1 hibernation until March 2018 to find out. Will Hamilton catch Schumacher, Can Vettel take the fight to him? Is Bottas going to challenge Lewis? What about the Red Bulls? Will we ever see McLaren back at the front? The answers are just 2-3 months away.