Yet, despite his success with Mercedes, for which he raced since making the switch from McLaren back in 2013, Hamilton has in recent years been linked to Ferrari. Even his team boss, Toto Wolff, admitted that a Ferrari move is something “probably every driver wants,” as reported by Autosport.
During the Italian Grand Prix weekend at Monza, Hamilton was asked about the prospect of joining the “red” team and how he would look back on his career should such a move never come to pass.
“You’ve got to think that, when you’re part of Mercedes, you’re part of a family for life,” said the British driver. “So, 100%, [I] could finish here and be content. And I’d get to drive Ferraris on the road.”
“Would I be upset that I’ve not driven a Ferrari? I don’t think you can dwell on things that you don’t know, really. I love the color [of their car], you see the passion of the crowd, of the team when they’re down below the podium, it’s different to any other place. But somethings are meant to be, and I don’t know if that’s in the plan for my future. Time will tell.”
Even though he currently has no plans to leave Mercedes, Hamilton acknowledged that Ferrari “potentially could be an option,” should he feel the need for making a change sometime in the future.
“In actual fact when I now come [to Monza] a lot of Ferrari fans ask me to come to Ferrari, and I get a lot of messages from Ferrari fans who say ‘I’m a Ferrari fan but I respect you,'” he said.
“It will never be the same as if I was driving for the Ferrari team. Nonetheless, bit by bit it’s shifting.”
“They’ve not had a championship since 2007 so there’s that yearning that all fans have of seeing their favorite team succeed, and I’m sure it’s related to the fact that I’ve won the championship for the last few years perhaps. But they’ve got two great drivers there now, [Vettel and Leclerc], I’m sure they’re happy with the new young star they’ve got coming up [Leclerc] and I’m super excited to see how he progresses.”