Sport Ferrari star's huge call over Hamilton
Hamilton striving to inspire next generation
Lewis Hamilton says he is aiming to have a similar "positive impact" to his hero Ayrton Senna and inspire the young generation.With a combined 23.5m followers on social media, Hamilton is one of the world's most-known and popular sportspeople.
Charles Leclerc has added further intrigue to Lewis Hamilton's future by revealing he would welcome Britain's six-time world champion to join him at Ferrari.
Hamilton's next move was the subject of intense speculation at the final round of the campaign in Abu Dhabi after Ferrari admitted for the first time that they want to sign the Englishman.
Hamilton, whose STG 40million ($A76 million)-a-season Mercedes contract expires at the end of next year, did little to play down Ferrari's flirtatious advances by refusing to rule out a move to the famous Italian team.
Ferrari 'happy' Hamilton could be available
Mattia Binotto has suggested that Lewis Hamilton's potential availability on the F1 transfer market for 2021 "can make us only happy".Like the majority of the sport's leading drivers, Mercedes star Hamilton's current contract runs out at the end of 2020 - the final season before 'New F1' in 2021 when cars designs, budget rules and sporting regulations are being overhauled.
Leclerc, 22, enjoyed a strong first season with Ferrari, scoring more points, more wins and more pole positions than his team-mate, the four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton: Abu Dhabi pole 'extra special'
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton described his pole position in Abu Dhabi, his first in 10 races, as "extra special".The world champion had not claimed pole since the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in July.
And if Ferrari continue their pursuit of Hamilton, 35 next month, it will surely be as a direct replacement for the German, rather than Leclerc who is viewed as the team's man for the future.
"Of course I would welcome Lewis," said Leclerc, who finished third at Sunday's season-concluding race in the desert.
"We are in Formula One and we want to fight against the best.
"I have had a big opportunity to have had Seb next to me who is a four-time world champion and I have learnt a lot from him so you can always learn from these types of champions."
Hamilton will have time to ponder what could be the last contract of his Formula One career over the winter break with Toto Wolff revealing Mercedes' attempts to convince him to stay will not begin until the end of January.
Wolff's own future will be a factor in Hamilton's decision-making process with the Mercedes team principal, who has overseen five of Hamilton's six world championships, courted by owners' Liberty Media to run the sport.
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.
In Pictures: F1 Champions
Giuseppe Farina, Italy
Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentina
Alberto Ascari, Italy
Mike Hawthorn, UK
Jack Brabham, Australia
Phil Hill, US
Graham Hill, UK
Jim Clark, UK
John Surtees, UK
Denny Hulme, New Zealand
Jackie Stewart, UK
Jochen Rindt, Austria
Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazil
Niki Lauda, Austria
James Hunt, UK
Mario Andretti, US
Jody Scheckter, South Africa
Alan Jones, Australia
Nelson Piquet, Brazil
Keke Rosberg, Finland
Alain Prost, France
Ayrton Senna, Brazil
Nigel Mansell, UK
Michael Schumacher, Germany
Damon Hill, UK
Jacques Villeneuve, Canada
Mika Häkkinen, Finland
Fernando Alonso, Spain
Kimi Räikkönen, Finland
Lewis Hamilton, UK
Jenson Button, UK
Sebastian Vettel, Germany
Nico Rosberg, Germany
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Wondering why there has been no news yet on Lewis Hamilton's MotoGP ride from Monday? Reports in Italy claim that's because he crashed the bike. Hamilton and MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi swapped machinery at the Ricardo Tormo circuit on Monday.As yet, though, there has been no official news about the promotional event.Super excited to swap rides with the legend Valentino Rossi very soon... Watch this space guys. You ready @ValeYellow46? ???????????? @MonsterEnergy @MercedesAMGF1 @YamahaMotoGP #LH44VR46 pic.twitter.
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