Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton rates the 2019 season as “the best” of his improved career, on and off the circuit. The 34-year-old Mercedes driver reflected his stunning season in Paris before Friday’s FIA awards ceremony. Hamilton said ” It has been the best year I would say of my career I am really proud of what we have achieved as a team,” who is now just only one title short of the record 7 world championship held by Michael Schumacher.
Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri said Thursday that it was earlier to discuss a potential move of 6 time world champion Lewis Hamilton to the Italian group. Camilleri confirmed that Mercedes driver Hamilton has had “Conversation” with Ferrari director John Elkann, however not with him nor Team Principal Mattia Binotto. Camilleri told reporters at Ferrari headquarters at Maranello “It is common knowledge that Lewis has had conversations with (Elkann)”.
Hamilton, the 34-year-old men who comes to the complete of his Mercedes contract next season, will offer for a record-equalling seventh world title in 2020.
In the interim, Camilleri pointed out to that Ferrari have a “long term agreement” with Charles Leclerc, the 22-year-old driver from Monaco who joined the team in 2015 and is under agreement until the 2022 season.
Leclerc is the 22 years old junior driver to 4 time world champion Sebastian Vettel, whose agreement at Ferrari finishes after the 2020 season.
Binotto of 32-year-old Vettel said “We need to see both the performances, the way he adapts to the car (for the 2020 season) and his motivation for the future”. He added “It’s not about whether he’ll make mistakes or not”, “it’s really about how he sees his future and how we see our team,” he included.
The Italian said, However, 2021 will regardless be “too early” for one of the drivers to move up from the Ferrari Driver Academy”. It will be important to have drivers with a few (Formula One) experience because the cars will be completely new,” included Binotto.
Among these is 20-year-old Mick Schumacher, son of Ferrari legend Michael, who completed 12th in his 1st season in Formula 2. “We’re expecting a lot from him next year because he’ll have a season behind him and we’re pretty sure he is a good candidate for F1 in the future,” included ferrari binotto.