Lewis Hamilton is currently very happy at Mercedes, winning five of his 6 championships. However, 1997 champion Jacques Villeneuve believes that the Briton may move to a rival team in the future. To be precise, the Canadian named Scuderia Ferrari as a potential destination for Hamilton.
A rumour of this magnitude has been a long-standing on, and is being debated by many in the paddock. In the wake of his sixth title, speculation on what else Hamilton could achieve, cropped up again.
In fact, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff admitted to Sky Sports that he would not be surprised if Hamilton was tantalised by Ferrari.
“Lewis wants all the records and then winning with Ferrari would be the final step. I reckon he is thinking about it,” Villeneuve told Sky Sports.
Adding kerosene to the fire is the praise and adulation that the Italian media piles on Hamilton. So, it would give the impression that they would openly welcome him to Ferrari.
Hamilton is now one World Championship away from equalling Ferrari great, Michael Schumacher. So, the question is, will Lewis Hamilton follow in Schumacher’s footsteps literally?
“Well it’s always difficult to compare two drivers, with two different cars from two different periods,” said former Ferrari team boss, Stefano Domenicali to Channel 4.
“But for sure I can see that Lewis [Hamilton] has fight, has changed, has grown year on year on his achievements.
“For me, Michael is Michael, but what Lewis is doing, on top of his titles in Formula 1, is incredible. He is a great ambassador and we need him most for the challenges in the future.
Also, speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport the Lamborghini CEO said, “I don’t know if he will always stay in Mercedes. These drivers [like Hamilton] want to prove that they win because they are good and not just because of the car.”