Sport Hamilton fuels Ferrari move speculation

04:40  01 december  2019
04:40  01 december  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri is flattered Lewis Hamilton has shown an interest in moving to the famous Italian team, but says it would be "totally Lewis Hamilton recently met with Ferrari chairman John Elkann, sparking rumours he might leave Mercedes when his contract expires at the end of 2020.

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a car driving on a road: Lewis Hamilton gets pole at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton gets pole at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton has refused to hose down speculation linking him with Ferrari, admitting he is flattered by the Italian giant's interest.

Ferrari have ramped up their pursuit of Hamilton at the season-concluding race in Abu Dhabi by publicly wooing Britain's six-time world champion.

Italian media have reported that Hamilton, who is out of contract with Mercedes at the end of next season, has spoken on two occasions with Ferrari chairman John Elkann this year.

While in a further intriguing twist on Saturday evening, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff - whose own future with Formula One's record-breaking team is also in doubt - revealed he would not stop his STG40million ($A76 million)-a-year driver from entering into talks with their rivals.

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Lewis Hamilton took to Instagram to dismiss lingering speculation that he is lining up a move to Ferrari , but later deleted the message. The short-lived post was in response to a story in the the Sun, headlined "Stalled by Seb: Lewis Hamilton 's dreams of mega-mony Ferrari move dashed as

Hamilton used the possibility of joining Ferrari as a negotiating tactic when discussing a new contract with Mercedes last year. There will likely be no That could leave Mercedes with a tough decision to make over their driver line-up, with Valtteri Bottas' long-term future the subject of speculation too.

Hamilton will start Sunday's race as the favourite to close out his world championship year with an 11th victory after putting his Mercedes on pole position.

But, in the moments after claiming the 88th pole of his career, the Englishman was asked for his response to Mattia Binotto's comments in which the Ferrari team principal described Hamilton as an "outstanding driver", adding that his potential availability in 2021 could "only make Ferrari happy".

"It is the first compliment I have had from Ferrari in 13 years," said Hamilton.

"I don't remember them ever mentioning me before.

Lewis Hamilton posing for the camera: Mercedes drive Lewis Hamilton was surprised by Ferrari boss' interest and kind words about him. Mercedes drive Lewis Hamilton was surprised by Ferrari boss' interest and kind words about him.

"It has taken all these years for them to recognise me, but I am grateful. It is positive and it is never a waste of time to be nice to someone. It is a team that I have always appreciated over the years.

"To earn the respect from someone that is high up at Ferrari is not a bad thing. They have got two great drivers so who knows what the market is going to be doing over the next year."

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