Lewis Hamilton will discuss loyalty and novelty
ABU DHABI: Lewis Hamilton he admitted that he will be divided between loyalty to Mercedes and the novelty of a new challenge at Ferrari when he considers his options for what is expected to be his last race driver contract in Formula One .
The 34-year-old Briton had little time to enjoy the glory of his impressive dominance of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday before being pressured to talk about his future and a possible change from Silver Arrows to Ferrari.
However, the six-time world champion was circumspect in his responses during post-race interviews in which he rejected offers to deny that he had already spoken to the president of the Italian team, John Elkann.
Hamilton's current contract with Mercedes ends next year, leaving him free to move for the 2021 season when Formula One ushers in a radical new set of rules that may coincide with Sebastian Vettel choosing to leave Ferrari, possibly for Mercedes in a dramatic exchange with Hamilton, or to retire.
Hamilton, owner of two high-performance Ferrari road cars, made it clear that he is simply looking around to weigh his options beyond next year when he can match Michael Schumacher The record seven championship championship titles.
He also made it clear that he is in no hurry to make any decision, a position applauded by the head of his current team, Toto Wolff, who could also be considering his future when the sport changes to a new era.
Wolff said he felt there was a 75 percent chance that Hamilton would stay and sign a new contract, which would probably be the last one as an F1 driver, with Mercedes, but also said there was a clear 25 percent chance that I could move.
Naturally, everything that happens behind closed doors is always private with whoever you end up sitting, explained Hamilton after winning his eleventh race this year, his fifth at the Yas Marina circuit and 88th of his career.
For many years, I have never sat down to consider other options because we have been driving straight along the road we have been on. We are still on that path and there is very little to change that.
I love where I am, so it's definitely not a quick decision to do something else, but it's smart and wise for me to sit down and think about what I want if it's the last stage of my career.
I want to keep winning. I can't tell you what will happen in the future. I love where I am, so it's definitely not a quick decision to do something else.
Italian media reported last weekend that Hamilton had held two meetings with Elkann this year, discussions Wolff seemed to know when asked about his future and that of English.
"I hope that our relationship continues, but, equally, there is a 25 percent chance we are not in control of," said the 47-year-old Austrian, tipped as a potential overall boss of Formula One if he can be tempted to leave Mercedes.
We will see how they develop in the coming months ... A sports team is not static. It is dynamic. That means there will always be a change, and the change can provide opportunities. If an important team member explodes, that provides risk, but also an opportunity ...
When Hamilton was besieged in the middle of the end-of-season parties, Vettel joked and made things clear after a season in which he was defeated by teammate Charles Leclerc and last week became a father for the third time.
The rising Monegasque star claimed Ferrari's first victory of the year, triumphed in Monza, secured most of the poles and finished ahead of the four-time German champion in the drivers' championship.
When journalists asked him about his plans for the future, Vettel said: Holidays ... I think I was already on vacation next year, since I heard before I stop ... I don't know who started the rumor, it seems They know more that I.
But, since you journalists are always right, it will probably hit me in the coming weeks.