Ferrari chief admits to preliminary talks with Lewis Hamilton

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Ferrari have revealed they have held talks with six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton regarding a shock move to Maranello in the future.

Scuderia CEO Louis Carey Camilleri admitted at a media lunch that Hamilton has had “conversations” with chairman John Elkann.

Hamilton, who is 35 next month, will be gunning for a record-equaling seventh world title in 2020 and comes to the end of his £40 million-per-year deal with the Silver Arrows next season.

And, although the Brit refused to deny a report at the final race in Abu Dhabi that he has already met chairman Elkann, Camilleri confirmed that preliminary discussions over one of the sport’s biggest transfers have taken place.

“It has been made public that Lewis has had conversations with our chairman,” said Camilleri at the Ferrari end-of-year debrief, per newshopper.co.uk.

“We clearly are very flattered that Lewis in particular, and other drivers, want to come and join us. Every driver on the grid would like to drive a Ferrari.

“We have a long-term agreement with one driver [Charles Leclerc] and with the other driver [Sebastian Vettel] the agreement expires at the end of 2020.

“It would be premature to decide anything now for the future. We will look at our options and see what is the best fit for our team.”

Camilleri also discredited any ambition rival boss Toto Wolff has of leaving Mercedes to run Formula 1 by stating that Ferrari would be prepared to block such a move.

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“Anybody who has been an active and important player in a certain team within the last years to take on the responsibility at F1 would create a conflict of interest,” added the 64-year-old American.

“It would not be a good thing [that Wolff] should ultimately run F1.

“Our position is if [Ferrari team principal] Mattia Binotto was the candidate to replace Chase, the rest of the paddock would not be too happy.

“Our veto is the last resort tool. Should we be confronted with that [Wolff taking over from Carey] we would explain our position quite clearly to the folks at Liberty.”

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