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Sport Leclerc would welcome Hamilton to Ferrari

21:55  10 december  2019
21:55  10 december  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton grabs final pole of 2019

  Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton grabs final pole of 2019 Lewis Hamilton claimed the final Formula 1 pole position of the 2019 season in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver was fastest on the first runs in Q3 with a time of 1m34.828s.He then shaved a few hundredths off that time on the second run to post a 1m34.779s to consolidate his position at the top of the timesheets.Teammate Valtteri Bottas was second fastest, 0.194s slower, but has to serve a back-of-the-grid penalty for power unit changes.This means Max Verstappen will start second having set the third fastest time, 0.360s off the pace.

Charles Leclerc added further intrigue to Lewis Hamilton ’s future by saying he would welcome the six-times world champion to Ferrari .

Charles Leclerc would be delighted if Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton decided to switch from Mercedes to Ferrari after the 2020 season. Hamilton cruised to a third successive world title in 2019, and his sixth overall, as Valtteri Bottas completed a one-two for Mercedes.

a man standing in front of a crowd: Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton© Getty Images Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton

Charles Leclerc would be delighted if Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton decided to switch from Mercedes to Ferrari after the 2020 season.

Hamilton cruised to a third successive world title in 2019, and his sixth overall, as Valtteri Bottas completed a one-two for Mercedes.

Leclerc, meanwhile, enjoyed a breakthrough season, finishing in fourth place behind Max Verstappen - and 24 points ahead of his Ferrari team-mate and former world champion Sebastian Vettel, who was fifth.

Hamilton: Abu Dhabi pole 'extra special'

  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.

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 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

Charles Leclerc says he would welcome the chance to learn from Lewis Hamilton as the chances of the world champion joining Ferrari continue to rise. Leclerc was sat next to the world champion as he spoke and was immediately asked if he would be happy to see Hamilton opt for Maranello in 2021.

Hamilton's current deal with Mercedes expires at the end of the next season, though the 34-year-old has said he would be happy to extend his stay.

"Well, of course. We are in Formula One and we want to fight against the best," Leclerc said, as reported by Autosport, when asked if he would be happy to see Hamilton join Ferrari in 2021.

"I've had a big opportunity this year to have Seb next to me, who is a four-time world champion, and I've learned a lot from him.

"You can always learn from this type of champion, so yes, of course."

Hamilton may not be the only big name set to become available, with the majority of driver contracts concluding at the end of next year.

Ricciardo's 'exasperating' race explained

  Ricciardo's 'exasperating' race explained Daniel Ricciardo and Renault endured another frustrating race at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.The world championship was already in the bag but Lewis Hamilton signed off 2019 with a convincing win in Abu Dhabi, although there was perhaps more interest in Hamilton's off-track moves this weekend with speculation over his future with Mercedes.

Leclerc would welcome Hamilton to Ferrari . After learning from Sebastian Vettel in 2019, Charles Leclerc would be thrilled if Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton moved to Ferrari .

Charles Leclerc says he would welcome Lewis Hamilton as a team-mate, amid rumours that Ferrari is attempting to lure the six-time Formula 1 champion As it stands, the majority of driver contracts are set to elapse at the end of the 2020 season, including Leclerc and Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, however, does not expect many of the best drivers - including Verstappen from his own team - to be switching manufacturers.

"I think all the top guys are out of contract for the end of next year," said Horner, in quotes reported by Motorsport.com.

"I think Leclerc's under contract at Ferrari. Lewis obviously is pretty happy in his environment. Max is happy in this environment.

"So if they're sitting in competitive cars next year, why would they swap, or why would they move?"

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Ferrari to launch 2020 car on February 11 .
Ferrari will launch their new Formula One car on Feb 11.Team boss Mattia Binotto told reporters at the Maranello factory that Ferrari were aiming to put a lot more aerodynamic downforce on the as-yet unnamed 2020 car.

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