Published: Fri, December 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Hamilton talks informal, says Ferrari chief

Hamilton talks informal, says Ferrari chief

The six-time world champion has always been linked with a move for Ferrari and he has previously spoke glowingly about the The Prancing Horse and it's prestigious history in the sport.

The 34-year-old Hamilton, who comes to the end of his Mercedes contract next season, will be bidding for a record-equalling seventh world title in 2020.

Wolff has been linked to a role running the sport, replacing Chase Carey as CEO and executive chairman of F1, but Ferrari have indicated that wouldn't be acceptable.

"I think it has been public that Lewis has had conversations with our chairman", Camilleri told reporters invited to a lunch at the Italian team's Maranello factory. It was a social event.

"If you look back in the history of Formula 1, where teams have done very well... there is one common thread, which was that there was a lot of stability within the team and therefore they learned to work very closely together", he said.

"We have a long-term agreement with one driver [Charles Leclerc] and with the other driver [Sebastian Vettel] the agreement expires at the end of 2020".

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"We are clearly very flattered that Lewis, in particular, and other drivers want to come and join us, but it would be premature to decide anything today".

'It would be premature to decide anything now for the future.

However, Camilleri insists Ferrari will use the team's veto to prevent this happening - which could in turn play into Mercedes' hands on re-signing Hamilton. "It's really a matter of how he does see himself as far as his future and how we do see our line-up".

Charles Leclerc ended the season with the highest number of pole positions but Ferrari could only convert a total of nine poles into three victories, with Leclerc winning in Belgium and Italy and Sebastian Vettel in Singapore.

Ferrari's no-nonsense chief executive Louis Camilleri also scuppered any ambition rival boss Toto Wolff has of leaving Mercedes to run Formula One by stating that the Scuderia would be prepared to block such a move.

"Anybody who has been an active and important player in a certain team within the last years to take on the responsibility at F1 would create a conflict of interest", Camilleri said.

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