The seven-time world champion talks about the wild rumors about leaving Mercedes in favor of a composer – and it becomes clear.
After intense speculation about a potential switch from Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari, the Scuderia team boss and Formula 1 world record champion have provided further clarification. There was no offer to the British, explained Frederic Vasseur at a press conference at the Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday. “You know very well that at this time of the season there is a new story every week,” he said. “We’re not sending Lewis Hamilton an offer. We didn’t.” A little later, Hamilton said in an official press conference when asked if there was an offer from Ferrari: “No.”
The English newspaper “Daily Mail” recently reported that Ferrari would soon offer Hamilton a contract with a salary of around 46 million euros for the next season and would create various events. Including even the exchange of the 38-year-old with Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc. Two weeks ago Carlos Sainz was written for Audi, one week ago Leclerc for Mercedes. “Now I’m alone,” Vasseur joked.
“Maybe someone got tired after the Imola race was canceled a week ago,” said Hamilton, looking amused. He had repeatedly insisted that he saw his future with the German factory team. And also on Thursday, he reiterated that the low level of the former industry leader will not affect his decision. His current contract expires after this season. His team is working closely with Mercedes team boss and motorsport boss Toto Wolff on the new one. He doesn’t do as much as he used to, so he can focus more on the race, Hamilton explained.
Vasseur made sure he wouldn’t stop talking to Hamilton. The two have known each other for a long time. And the Ferrari team boss also said: “I think every team on the grid would like Hamiton at some point, it would be silly not to say so.” However, there was no significant discussion.