Hamilton leaves Ferrari door open

He does not have plans to join the team immediately.

Afp August 03, 2011


McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton has refused to rule out a future move to Ferrari, saying that he does not have plans to join the team immediately, ‘but you never know what could happen in the future’.

Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali had earlier revealed that the team could look to sign the Briton despite having Spain’s Fernando Alonso locked into a long-term deal, which ends in 2016, while Felipe Massa’s contract runs till the end of 2012.

Hamilton and Alonso had a troubled relationship at McLaren, with the pair bickering over who was the team’s number one driver. Asked if he would drive for Ferrari, he did not dismiss the possibility.

“At the moment I don’t have any such plans, it’s not something I feel that I have to do,” he said. “But we’re talking about a fantastic team and you never know what could happen in the future.”

The former world champion also credited Alonso for helping him become a better driver during his time at McLaren.

“Alonso is a fast pilot, with talent and incredible speed. I learned a lot and improved my driving thanks to him.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2011.


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