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Lewis Hamilton squashes talk of potential Ferrari linkup

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Things have been going very well for Mercedes this season.

Following Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, he continues to lead the way in the drivers’ standings.

Teammate Valtteri Bottas finished in second, completing a fifth consecutive one-two finish for the dominant Mercedes pair.

Unsurprisingly, the Brackley-based team sit comfortably clear in the constructors’ leaderboard with 217 points, 96 ahead of the nearest challenger, Ferrari.

If that wasn’t enough already, Mercedes have been handed a further boost following the conclusion of Sunday’s race, with five-time world champion Hamilton seemingly squashing any talk of a move to Ferrari.

The rumours began to circulate when Mercedes boss Toto Wolff suggested that Hamilton might look to finish his career with the legendary Italian team.

But the Brit has pledged his loyalty to his current team.

“When you’re in negotiations, you always have to drop in the Ferrari name,” Hamilton began, per The Sun. “Toto’s a very intelligent man, so we had great negotiations.

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“I’ve been with Mercedes since I was 13, so it’s very hard to see myself anywhere else.

“I’ve never made it a secret that I’ve been a Ferrari fan, particularly of Ferrari road cars.

“But do I plan on going elsewhere? I haven’t made any plans for the future.”

It is hard to see why the 34-year-old would want to be anywhere else, with a Mercedes driver winning five out of the last five titles, Hamilton himself winning four of those.

“For now I’m just enjoying driving with this team.

“It’s incredible what we’re achieving and what we have achieved in these six and a half years.

“I plan on making this team and working with this team to make it the most successful of all-time. That’s my current goal and my sole focus.”

F1 Grand Prix of Spain

The choice between staying at Mercedes or moving to Ferrari is not a particularly difficult one at this current time.

Sunday represented another frustrating outing for the Scuderia, with the team instructing Sebastian Vettel to allow Charles Leclerc past him early in the race, only to reverse the roles in the latter stages.

“We will talk about it internally,” stated Vettel regarding the situation. “I think in the beginning it was clear Charles was faster. When he was putting on more and more pressure I was happy to let him go.

“Then in the second stint I wasn’t aware we were on different strategies but once it was clear I was let go. I tried to pressure Max but with the safety car it didn’t matter.”

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While Ferrari’s struggles continued, Sunday’s win was extra special for Hamilton and one young fan Harry Shaw, a five-year-old who has been diagnosed with cancer.

“I had a really nice message from a kid suffering from an illness,” Hamilton said.

“We sent him a card and a cap. I was looking for something for inspiration so I dedicated that race to him.

“You try to go out and do something for someone. It doesn’t always turn out as well as it has but I hope he is watching.”

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Toto Wolff
Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari
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