Lewis Hamilton admits raising Ferrari in contract negotiations with Mercedes helps a driver “come out better” but that doesn’t mean he’ll be swapping teams.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff revealed that Ferrari had come up in Hamilton’s past contract negotiations.
The motorsport boss told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Of course we have talked about it openly with each other.
“Ferrari is a phenomenal brand, the most prestigious in F1, and every driver dreams of winning a World Championship with the Cavallino.
“I understand it perfectly.”
Wolff, though, added that he hopes to keep Hamilton at Mercedes until the end of his F1 career and, judging by the Brit’s post-race comments, it looks as if that’s more likely to happen than Hamilton moving to Ferrari.
Sunday’s Spanish GP winner was asked about Wolff’s comments in the press conference and replied: “I don’t really remember what he’s referring to.
“I think when you’re in negotiations you always have to drop in the Ferrari name.
“You come out better.
“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.”