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Sport Hamilton fuels Ferrari move speculation

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

Ferrari say they have cleared the air after Brazil collision

  Ferrari say they have cleared the air after Brazil collision UK-MOTOR-F1-FERRARI:Ferrari say they have cleared the air after Brazil collisionTeam boss Mattia Binotto said after the race at Interlagos that there would be a review with the drivers at the Maranello factory to go through what went on and how to prevent any recurrence.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have discussed the possibility of the five times Formula One champion one day racing for Ferrari , team boss Toto Wolff has said. Wolff's own future has been the subject of speculation , with sources linking him to a future role at Formula One's owners Liberty Media or the

1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve thinks Lewis Hamilton is contemplating a move to Ferrari .

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.

Ferrari F1 boss slams feuding drivers

  Ferrari F1 boss slams feuding drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have been hauled over the coals by team boss Mattia Binotto after their Brazilian GP crash.Both drivers were forced to retire from the race in Sao Paulo after making contact in the closing stages as they battled for fourth place.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have discussed the possibility of the five times Formula One champion one day racing for Ferrari and such a move Wolff’s own future has been the subject of speculation , with sources linking him to a future role at Formula One’s owners Liberty Media or the governing FIA.

Lewis Hamilton did little to quash rumors of a potential move from Mercedes to Ferrari by acknowledging he was flattered by comments from This has only fueled speculation that there could be a significant shake-up ahead. “I think it’s the first compliment I’ve had from Ferrari in 13 years

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."

Wolff sees "25% chance" of Hamilton leaving Mercedes .
Toto Wolff is “75%” sure Lewis Hamilton will stay at Mercedes beyond 2020 but is wary of underestimating Ferrari's ability to tempt the Formula 1 world champion away. Hamilton is out of contract after next season, like several top F1 drivers, but is widely expected to re-sign with Mercedes, the team he was won five of his six titles with. During the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend Hamilton was linked with a potential Ferrari move, amid compliments from the Italian team’s boss Mattia Binotto and a report Hamilton had met Ferrari chairman John Elkann twice this year.

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