Lewis Hamilton surprised by 'Ferrari first compliment in 13 years'

ABU DHABI: Lewis Hamilton said on saturday that Mattia Binotto Enthusiastic comments about him represented the first time in 13 years that someone from Ferrari I had complimented him.

Asked if he would be interested in Hamilton's availability on the driver market in 2021, the Ferrari team chief had praised him as a driver and said knowing he's available in 2021 can only make us happy.

The six-time world champion, who achieved his 88th pole position by exceeding the qualification for Sunday Abu Dhabi Grand Prix , said: I think that's the first compliment I've had from Ferrari in these 13 years.

Honestly, I don't remember anyone ever mentioning me. So, thanks, and I'll take it. It really means nothing. Everything is talk, but it is good that, finally, it has taken all these years to recognize me, but I am grateful.

The 34-year-old Briton has been linked with a possible move to Ferrari when his current deal with Mercedes It ends next year.

He said Ferrari were a team that I've always appreciated over the years, so to earn respect from someone from there, that's obviously very high up, is not a bad thing.

He rejected suggestions that he was looking to move to Maranello, whose drivers this season are former world champion Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.

I think they have two great drivers as they are. Who knows what the pilot market will do over the next year, but, if I'm really honest, I'm not really focused on that at the moment.