Recently, there were a number of people who hoped that Lewis Hamilton would join Ferrari at some point in his career. Out of all five drivers who won four or more titles in F1 history, Hamilton is the only one who has not stepped in a Ferrari yet. Meanwhile, the likes of Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel have all done so.
So far, Lewis Hamilton insists that he is perfectly happy at Mercedes, though he was flattered that Ferrari fans would love to see him in red overalls before his time is up. If this move takes place, there are chances that Hamilton will not get as many boos at Monza.
Earlier this month, the tifosi were ecstatic when Charles LeClerc delivered Ferrari’s first victory in nine years courtesy. Now, Lewis Hamilton confessed that he was feeling more and more love from the Italian fans. He also divulged that he has been on the receiving end of more and more pleas for him to come to Ferrari.
“I’m very, very lucky that I do have a good Italian following,” said Hamilton. “Ferrari, with the fans, now with this win happening and with not having a championship since 2007, there is this yearning to succeed. So I’m sure they are just relating it to the fact I have won the championship the last few years.”
So far this season, the hot topic in the paddock has been the future of Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari. The German’s contract at the team is expected to expire at the end of 2020, so could Hamilton replace Vettel? Lewis Hamilton acknowledged: “I don’t know if it’s about being tempted. I think if it’s about whether it’s part of the gameplan.”
“I was just asked the question… ‘How would you feel if you ended your career without being at Ferrari?’ and honestly, when you’re part of Mercedes, you’re part of a family for a lifetime – provided you stay with them obviously!”
He cited the examples of Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio, who are still honoured within the Mercedes family. He knew that he is part of the German team’s rich history and is being looked after extremely well. On that note, he stressed that loyalty to a team is very, very key part.