The idea of Lewis Hamilton walking out on Mercedes when his contract expires at the end of 2020 to join underachievers Ferrari might not seem as far-fetched as it sounds.
Yes, Mercedes have dominated the turbo-hybrid era and have won five consecutive Constructors’ Championship titles.
Yes, Hamilton is paid £40 million per season on his current contract and Mercedes have lined him up with a perfect number two in Valtteri Bottas.
Add in the mix that the Brit has an excellent relationship with Mercedes chief Toto Wolff, who gives Hamilton the freedom to run his fashion empire and pursue his musical endeavours.
However, the lure of driving for the most prestigious team in Formula One history and one of the biggest brands in the world, might just prove too strong.
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In an interview with Channel 4, Hamilton was asked if he was interested in the colour red.
“I know I look good in red, but it is a very difficult scenario,” the Brit said, per gpblog.com.
Hamilton will be 35 when next season gets underway and has stated on numerous occasions that he can’t see himself behind the wheel of an F1 car in his 40’s.
“I’m not going to be racing forever…what am I going to do in the future? Do I want to remain part of Mercedes doing something quite epic beyond racing? If I was, for example, going to shift (teams) then I don’t know what that is going to look like,” Hamilton added.
The five-time world champion also declared how he receives messages from Ferrari fans begging him to join the Italian team.
Ferrari haven’t won a title since 2008 and it’s becoming more and more apparent that Hamilton may make the switch at some point before his career comes to an end.
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