Lewis Hamilton hopes Sebastian Vettel’s widely-expected move to Aston Martin materialises – because Ferrari are not giving him the “platform to shine”.
The rivalry between F1’s two most successful drivers of the last decade has dissipated this year due to the increasing performance gap between Mercedes and Ferrari.
While Hamilton’s Mercedes team continue to dominate the sport, Ferrari are on a downward curve and Vettel’s last season with them has been little short of disastrous so far.
The German has accumulated only 10 points in the World Championship standings, with Hamilton well on the way to a seventh title with 88 collected from the first four races.
An announcement that Vettel will move to Aston Martin – currently branded as Racing Point – for 2021 in place of Sergio Perez is rumoured to be a matter of weeks or even days away.
And it is a prospect Hamilton has revealed he would like to see come to fruition, to give his old adversary the chance to become truly competitive again.
“Right now I think he is not being given the platform to shine,” said Hamilton.
“His team are putting his light a little bit in the shadow and you need a team that uplifts you, you need to support each other.
“I’m excited for his future. I honestly hope he gets to go to Racing Point. They have a plan and a car with potential.
“He has the chance to lead them somewhere – he’s not done yet.”
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Vettel continues to keep his cards close to his chest despite a report in Gazzetta dello Sport claiming that the Racing Point move has been discussed for some time.
The 33-year-old was asked about his options for 2021 and whether joining Racing Point was very much a possibility.
He replied: “I’ve got lots of possibilities, maybe not so many in Formula 1, as you can do the maths and see what seats are taken.
“But I think as I’ve always mentioned, the most important is that I’m happy with my choice and time will tell what the choice is and then go from there.
“So I’m not too stressed about it.”
Options and rumours for Seb were a hot topic again on Thursday
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