Sunday, 03 december 2017, 07:30
Lewis Hamilton has insisted that he would ignore the advances of Ferrari if the Scuderia ever attempted to steal his services away from Mercedes, and claimed that it is his wish to stay with his current team until the time comes when he retires from F1.
The Brit claimed his fourth world championship this season, and three of these titles have came since he left McLaren for Mercedes in 2013. Hamilton appreciates his partnership with the Silver Arrows, and as Mercedes provided engines for McLaren when he was with the latter, the link goes back to the early days of his career which means Ferrari isn't a likely option.
'No," he told Stuttgarter-Zeitung, when questioned if he could imagine joining Ferrari.
"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," he added.
"For ten years I've been driving Mercedes in Formula 1, longer than any Mercedes driver before.
"That really means something to me."
In the unlikely event that Hamilton did join Ferrari, it is a possibility that he would partner his current biggest rival, Sebastian Vettel. The world champion looked back on his feud with the German this season, and claimed that he now understood the strengths and weaknesses of the Ferrari driver a bit more than before.
"You get to know people you often deal with over time," he continued.
"One recognises their strengths and weaknesses."
“And you get to know them, how they react under pressure.
“As it turns out, none of us is a Superman and everyone can fail under extreme pressure.
“Some reach that point earlier, others later. Seb has shown more nerves this season that before."