Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton says that rumours regarding a switch to Ferrari are nothing but negotiation tactics, as he doesn’t see himself anywhere but with Mercedes.
A wild rumour was started over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend that Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel may, at some point, swap seats with Vettel ending up at Merc and Hamilton taking over the Ferrari.
Speaking over the Barcelona weekend, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said that “You have to simply acknowledge that probably it’s in every driver’s head to drive at Ferrari one day.”
“It’s the most iconic Formula 1 brand, the most historic Formula 1 brand out there, and I totally respect if a driver has the desire to drive at Ferrari. Even within the team, we have discussed it and with Lewis, we have discussed it, and we have agreed on the topic. We had the discussion when we negotiated the last contract.”
On whether Vettel could, one day, end up at Mercedes, he said:“Why not? You need to consider that there are probably six or seven drivers out there that have the skill and the intelligence to deserve to be in a race and championship-winning car.”
“Two of them are with us, and I hope it goes forever, and then there are a few others that we really enjoy watching and we enjoy watching them perform, and Sebastian is definitely one of them.”
Hamilton, asked to address the comments made by Wolff, said that Ferrari coming up in conversation was just a negotiation tactic: “I think when you’re in negotiations you always have to drop in the Ferrari name.”
“Naturally in negotiations… Toto’s a very intelligent man so we have great negotiations and great conversations and naturally I’ve been with Mercedes since I was 13, so it’s very difficult to see myself anywhere else. I have never made it a secret that I’ve been a Ferrari fan, particularly Ferrari cars, and that’s no secret. Do I plan on going elsewhere? I haven’t made any plans for my future.”
“At the moment I’m just enjoying driving with this team. I’m enjoying continuous growing with this team and, I mean, it’s incredible what we’re achieving together, what we have achieved in these six years, seven years or whatever it is, and I plan on working with this team to help it become the most successful team of all time. That’s my current goal and my sole focus.”