Lewis Hamilton: The truth about the Ferrari offer / Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton: The truth about the Ferrari offer / Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton has extended his contract with Mercedes, but has been linked with Ferrari. Now the Brit is talking about the alleged offers from the Italians.

As long as Lewis Hamilton did not renew his contract with Mercedes, the alleged Ferrari offer was a popular ongoing rumour. The numbers around were very interesting. But Hamilton remains loyal to Mercedes.

He “didn’t think” about change all these years, he told Blick. So don’t think about moving to Ferrari either.

And the offers owed? Ever been one? “Never. Well, we’ve certainly had a few awkward conversations. I know a lot of good people there. But I never felt ready to move to Italy,” said Hamilton.

But he is ready to continue driving in Formula 1, even if he didn’t want to at the time. “I have to admit that I neglected my love for this sport. But it has been a love-hate story. There are days when I would rather not enter the cockpit,” admitted the 38-year-old.

In the end, the pleasure gets the better of him, says Hamilton. “The competition with my teammate George (Russell, editor’s note) also motivates me. You always have to be alert,” said the seven-time world champion.

He is sure that soon he will be able to celebrate another victory. The last one he got was in Saudi Arabia in 2021, almost two years ago. “We will come back. We can do it,” assured Hamilton: “The next stage of the podium will come. And it will probably be my biggest victory in my career.”

Japan-GP, Suzuka Circuit

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:30:58,421 h
02. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +19,387 sec
03. Oscar Piastri (AUS), McLaren, +36.494
04. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +43,998
05. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +49,376
06. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +50,221
07. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +57,659
08. Fernando Alonso (E), Aston Martin, +1:14.725
09. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +1:19,678
10. Pierre Gasly (F), Alpine, +1:23,155
11. Liam Lawson (NZ), AlphaTauri, +1 Round
12. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +1 Round
13. Guanyu Zhou (RCH), Alfa Romeo, +1 Runde
14. Nico Hülkenberg (D), Haas, +1 lap
15. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1 Lap
Alex Albon (T), Williams, collision damage
Logan Sargeant (USA), Williams, collision damage
Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, rear wing defect
Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, Kollisionsschäden
Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, collision damage

World Championship Standings (after 16 out of 22 Grand Prix, including 3 out of 6 races)

the driver
01. Verstappen 400 points
02. Perez 223
03. Hamilton 190
04. Alonso 174
05. Sainz 150
06. Leclerc 135
07. Norris 115
08. Russell 115
09. Plate 57
10. Walk 47
11. Gas 46
12. Ocon 38
13. Albon 21
14. Hulkenberg 9
15. Bota 6
16. Zhou 4
17. Tsunoda 3
18. Magnussen 3
19. Lawson 2
20. Sergeant 0
21. De Vries 0
22. Ricciardo 0

Builders Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 623 Punkte
02. Mercedes 305
03. Ferrari 285
04. Aston Martin 221
05. McLaren 172
06. Alpine 84
07. Williams 21
08. Haas 12
09. Alfa Romeo 10
10. AlphaTauri 5