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Sport Hamilton: I love Mercedes but it's smart to think about my options

12:05  02 december  2019
12:05  02 december  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

Hamilton won’t rule out future move to Ferrari

  Hamilton won’t rule out future move to Ferrari ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton appeared to open the door for a possible future move to Ferrari when he refused to deny meeting with its chairman John Elkann. Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Saturday that the Mercedes driver has met Elkann twice this year, and that they discussed Hamilton potentially replacing Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari from 2021 onward.Both four-time champion Vettel and Hamilton have yet to renew contracts expiring at the end of 2020.

Amid continued links to Ferrari, Mercedes superstar Lewis Hamilton acknowledges he should consider his options for 2021.

Amid continued links to Ferrari, Mercedes superstar Lewis Hamilton acknowledges he should consider his options for 2021.

Formula One F1 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - December 1, 2019  Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton before the race  REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed © Thomson Reuters Formula One F1 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - December 1, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton before the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed Lewis Hamilton says he loves Mercedes and has not held talks with Ferrari but the Formula One champion is open to considering his future for 2021.

Murmurings of a blockbuster switch from Mercedes to rivals Ferrari emerged this year as Hamilton cruised to his sixth drivers' championship, a third in a row.

The Briton is set to line up with the Silver Arrows once again for the next campaign, yet the possibility of a move at the end of 2020 remains.

Hamilton braced for next round of 'stressful' F1 contract talks

  Hamilton braced for next round of 'stressful' F1 contract talks Lewis Hamilton says he’s not looking forward to "another stressful moment" of contract talks with Mercedes next year, as he ponders his next step in Formula 1. The world champion’s current contract runs out at the end of 2020, but it is thought highly likely that he will extend his stay at the German car manufacturer.However, while clearly eager to stay on in F1, Hamilton says there is always some trepidation about having to hammer out terms with a team.

Hamilton started to add ''But there's no harm in '' before saying '' I know ( Mercedes team principal) Toto (Wolff) is also looking at his options , in '' I love where I am, so it ' s definitely not a quick decision to go and do something else,'' Hamilton said. '' But it ' s only smart and wise for me to think about

Lewis Hamilton says it is " smart and wise" to consider carefully which team to drive for in 2021. " I love where I am, so it is definitely not a quick decision to go and do something else," Hamilton said. "So it is only smart and wise to sit and think about what I want if it is the last phase of my career."

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix, at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec.1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix, at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec.1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

And the subject was brought up at a post-race news conference as Hamilton reflected on his season-ending victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 34-year-old suggested Mercedes chief Toto Wolff's future could impact his own, although he insisted any decision would be based on his continued desire for success on the track.

a man wearing a hat: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton © Getty Images Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton Asked if he had met with Ferrari president John Elkann, Hamilton replied: "Well, naturally, everything that happens behind closed doors is obviously always private with whoever it is you end up sitting with.

Bottas to start last in Abu Dhabi GP

  Bottas to start last in Abu Dhabi GP Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas will start Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi GP from the back of the grid with engine penalties.The Finn suffered Mercedes' only mechanical-related retirement of the season at the last race in Brazil and that has resulted in the team installing a fresh power unit for the season finale.

Hamilton started to add, “But there’s no harm in …” before saying “ I know [ Mercedes ’s team principal] Toto [Wolff] is also looking at his options in terms of “ I love where I am, so it ’ s definitely not a quick decision to go and do something else,” Hamilton said. “ But it ’ s only smart and wise for me to think

Hamilton started to add “But there’s no harm in ” before saying “ I know ( Mercedes team principal) Toto (Wolff) is also looking at his options , in “ I love where I am, so it ’ s definitely not a quick decision to go and do something else,” Hamilton said. “ But it ’ s only smart and wise for me to think about

"But I think for many, many years, I've never, ever sat down and considered other options, because we've been just driving straight ahead into the path that we've been on and the journey that we've been on.

"And to be honest, I still think we're on that path and I think there's very little that's going to shift it from that.

"But I know Toto is also looking at his options in terms of his future, and only he will know what is the best thing for him and his family. So I'm waiting to see what he's doing with that.

"I love where I am, so it's definitely not a quick decision to do something else, but of course I think it's only smart and wise for me to sit and think of what I want if it is the last period or stage in my career.

Hamilton: First Ferrari F1 compliment in 13 years 'just talk'

  Hamilton: First Ferrari F1 compliment in 13 years 'just talk' Lewis Hamilton says he is "grateful" for Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto's comments about his ability but thinks the Formula 1 team's "first compliment in 13 years" is "all talk"Ferrari team principal Binotto was asked ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix if Hamilton, one of several drivers whose contract expires next year, was of interest to the team for 2021 and beyond.

Hamilton started to add ''But there's no harm in '' before saying '' I know ( Mercedes team principal) Toto (Wolff) is also looking at his options , in '' I love where I am, so it ' s definitely not a quick decision to go and do something else,'' Hamilton said. '' But it ' s only smart and wise for me to think about

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix, at the Yas Marina racetrack “ But it ’ s only smart and wise for me to think about what I want, if it is the last stage of my career.” Ferrari’s team principal Mattia Binotto called

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix, at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec.1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix, at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec.1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) "Actually, I want to keep winning, I want to keep being able to fight with these guys as well. I can't really tell you what else is going to happen moving forwards."

Scuderia star Charles Leclerc was asked if he would welcome Hamilton as a team-mate the season after next.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, holds a trophy he received for the fastest lap of the Formula One 2019 championship, ahead the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix, at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec.1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, holds a trophy he received for the fastest lap of the Formula One 2019 championship, ahead the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix, at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec.1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) He replied: "Well, of course. At the end, we are in Formula One and we want to fight against the best.

"I've had a big opportunity this year to have Seb [Vettel] 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 [I would welcome Hamilton]."

Bottas to start at back of the grid in Abu Dhabi

  Bottas to start at back of the grid in Abu Dhabi A new engine is likely to prevent Valtteri Bottas from ending the season on a high note at Yas Marina.Bottas retired due to an engine problem at Interlagos last time out, the first occasion he has experienced a mechanical failure since the Austrian Grand Prix last year.

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Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 as a one-time champion, replacing seven times title-holder Michael The Briton said any decision to leave would not be easy. “ I love where I am so it ’ s definitely not a quick decision “But of course it ’ s only smart and wise for me to sit and think of what I want, if

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