Lewis Hamilton has admitted that joining Ferrari stays a potential alternative for him in the future but is not sure whether the transfer is part of his F1″game strategy” – with the Mercedes driver stating that”loyalty is key”.
Although Hamilton has made no secret of his admiration Though Hamilton is signed up at Mercedes before the end of 2020, a between the world winner and the sport group has been mooted.
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Mercedes disclosed last year that the prospect of Hamilton driving for Ferrari was discussed during their contract talks.
Upon coming at Monza, the Scuderia’s famous home F1 track, Hamilton said he receives messages from Ferrari fans asking him to join, but had been non-committal on his potential when requested by Sky F1 in the event the switch”tempts” him.
“I don’t know whether it’s all about being tempted, it is all about whether it’s part of the game plan,” answered Hamilton, who subsequently explained how important”history” and”loyalty” are to him Mercedes, that he joined in 2013.
“I was only asked this question:’How would you feel if you finished your career with no at Ferrari?’ . And honestly when you are a part of Mercedes you are a part of a family for a life – giving you stay together.
“If you have a look in Stirling Moss, then you’ve got Juan Manuel Fangio who’s still honoured within the household. You are part of the history and they look after you.
“That is important to me, loyalty is a very key part.
“But if there is a stage in my life in which I decide that I wish to change, then [Ferrari] potentially could be an alternative.”
Hamilton added to colleagues that Ferrari are currently settled together with”two great drivers” at Sebastian Vettel along with Charles Leclerc, that he has been particularly impressed with in his rookie year.
“They have two great drivers there now,” explained Hamilton. “I’m sure they are delighted with their new young star they’ve got coming up and now I am very excited to see how he progresses.”
Hamilton has won four of his five titles and is now the favourite to maintain that the sixth in 2019 holding a 65-point lead with eight races.
Ferrari sealed their first success of the season last weekend at Belgium but return to their home Italian GP under stress.
The team haven’t won at Monza because 2010 – with Mercedes winning the previous five races there – while their drivers’ and constructors’ titles came in 2008 and 2007 respectively.
Hamilton believes that barren run is just one reason fans are calling for his signature.
“They have not had a championship clearly since 2007 so there is that yearning that all fans have of visiting their favourite team triumph,” he said.
“I’m convinced they’re just relating this to the simple fact I’ve won the championship the last few years.”
Ferrari lovers will be out in force this weekend but, although Hamilton was booed on the podium earlier, he considers the relationship is improving.
“I think that it’s grown a good deal over the years however, it takes a very long time to change perception,” he explained.
“We come here and you stand on top of their podium and 90 percent plus are all Ferrari fans. We’ve come here using Mercedes at the top step and I have made the weekend not so good for Ferrari lovers.
“But I love and respect them a huge amount and, in reality, if I come here a lot of Ferrari fans actually ask me to visit Ferrari. And I get a lot of Ferrari lovers who say,’I am a Ferrari fan but I admire you’.
“I think that it’s growing gradually, bit by little. But it would never be the same as if I was driving for a Ferrari team”
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