The 2018 F1 season is well underway, but already rumours are beginning to circulate as regards to driver line-ups for the following season.
World champion and current leader Lewis Hamilton has still not agreed terms on a contract extension with Mercedes, and speculation has been rife as to what his intentions are.
Some have even mooted the possibility of him forming a dream team with fellow four-time world champ Sebastian Vettel in the iconic red of Ferrari.
Former Australian F1 driver Mark Webber believes that if Bernie Ecclestone was still running things, then this possibility would indeed become a reality.
The billionaire businessman was one of the leading figures in the sport for over 40 years until his removal from the position of chief executive of F1 after its takeover by Liberty Media last year.
Ecclestone was never afraid to make big decisions, and Webber certainly believes he would have intervened and helped to facilitate a move by Hamilton to Ferrari.
“I think if Bernie was still here, he would have him at Ferrari with Sebastian. Bernie would make that deal happen,” Webber told Express Sport, as per PlanetF1.
“He would want those two guys together at Ferrari, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.
“I think it will be the teams as we see them now apart from Daniel [Ricciardo] being the one that has a decision to make.”
Webber also agreed with Red Bull supremo Christian Horner that money was at the root of the delay in Hamilton committing his future to Mercedes, even though he has claimed three of his world titles with the Silver Arrows.
“It might be the truth, mightn’t it? It’s not rocket science,” Webber added.
“The driver will generally want an uplift with each contract that he has, but the boys are big and ugly, I’m sure they can work it out.
“They know what they need to do there and Christian is probably just stating the obvious that if Lewis gets happy, then he’ll sign.
“At the moment, they’re just working out the big detail, not the finer details, which is how much you’re going to get paid to do the job.”