‘Winning with Merc means more than with Ferrari’

Michelle Foster
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton says he doesn’t regret have never raced for Ferrari, after all, winning with a top team has “less meaning”.

Leaving McLaren at the end of the 2012 season, many had thought that Ferrari would one day be Hamilton’s destination.

“It’s definitely a dream for every driver, including me,” he told Sky Italia back in 2017.

However, nine years on from joining Mercedes and Hamilton is still with the Brackley squad, and looks set to end his career with them.

Although Hamilton only re-signed with Mercedes for this season, he definitely won’t be off to Ferrari next season as the Scuderia have already confirmed their line up.

And anyway, Toto Wolff believes the seven-time World Champion will once again extended his time with Mercedes with a new two-year deal being touted.

Hamilton insists he won’t have any regrets about never racing for Ferrari, as what he built with Mercedes has more meaning.

“I don’t live with regrets,” he told AS when asked the Ferrari question.

“I make mistakes and see what I could have done differently, but I don’t think if I could have done something in one place or another.

“I prefer to get to the losing team, when I got to Mercedes they were fifth in the Constructors’ World Championship and we started from humility.

“On the contrary, the top teams have all the records and successes, so the victories there have less meaning.”

Hamilton has won six of the last seven Drivers’ Championships with Mercedes, Ferrari last won the title in 2007.

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Should Hamilton agree a new two-year deal with Mercedes, he will be a month shy of his 39th birthday when the 2023 season concludes.

He could yet agree another extension but says he doubts he’ll still be racing at 41 like Kimi Raikkonen.

“I think not,” he said. “I don’t think I’m going to drive forever, even though this was the biggest ride of my life.

“There are many things that I want to continue doing in one season, but not others. I’d have five years left for that, and I don’t think I’ll keep running then, even if you never say never.”

Asked whether he’ll be watching the sport after he has retired, he said: “I will always follow it closely, it has been my greatest passion and a privilege to be part of this sport.

“I guess when I quit, immediately, I won’t see many races because I’ll want to take a break. But in the end I’m going to want to see it again, because I love it. Also, I think that because of my role in this sport to promote diversity, it will take a long time before we see drastic changes, perhaps in ten or twenty years. I will have to talk to people like Stefano Domenicali.”

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