Hamilton “proud” of Mercedes’ F1 commitment despite Ferrari interest
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, who was the team manager at Ferrari, confirmed in an interview earlier this week that the Italian team had always considered seizing the seven-time champion.
In addition to this idea born during Domenicali’s time, it was also widely reported in 2019 that Hamilton had met with Ferrari president John Elkann to discuss their thoughts on the future.
While the idea of Hamilton racing for Ferrari sparked intrigue among fans about what they could have achieved together, the man himself says he doesn’t think too much about how things could have been. to evolve.
Instead, he makes it clear that there are no regrets – and he especially likes the fact that Mercedes is a brand that has such loyalty to its drivers.
Thinking back to Ferrari’s interest, Hamilton said: “It was part of each end of a [contract] term. You kind of have to do your due diligence and see what options you have.
“I’m really proud of where I am and what I’ve done with Mercedes.
“I’ve always thought of it, and I think I’ve said it before: the idea of going to Ferrari was short-lived in the sense that when you’re with Mercedes you’re with a family for life.
“If you look at all the historic drivers who drove Mercedes, they were with them until they were in the 90s. And that’s something you don’t see in any other team with any other brand. .
“It’s something I’m very, very proud of. Plus, we’ve accomplished more than anyone. And it’s about great teamwork, it’s about loyalty, and I don’t take that for granted.
Domenicali viewed the prospect of a Hamilton / Ferrari line-up as a “sliding door” moment, referring to Gwyneth Paltrow’s film about an advertising director whose life changes when she misses a train.
Ask by Sky As to whether Ferrari had ever considered signing Hamilton, Domenicali said: “To be honest, yes. It is true that we discussed it.
“There are times in life when there is a movie that is sometimes very important for me to remember: Sliding Doors. There are times when, if you don’t get on an elevator, you stay on the floor.
“This is the situation Lewis went through at this precise point in his life, but I think he can’t fault his choice, at least because he has had an incredible career.”