Lewis Hamilton says talks with Ferrari were “never really close”

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Earlier this year rumours came out that Lewis Hamilton might be looking to join Ferrari in the future. The Briton now says the talks never went anywhere.

Near the end of 2019, news came out that Lewis Hamilton met with Ferrari chairman John Elkann. This of course led to rumours that Lewis was looking at a possible move to the Italian team. It was already denied by everyone involved and now the Briton says the talks never got serious.

“It was never really close,” Hamilton told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We talked on occasion, but we didn’t go beyond understanding what options were on the table, and they weren’t the right ones. Our positions have never aligned.

“I think timing matters and things happen in the end for a reason. In recent seasons my contract always expired in different years than those of other drivers.”

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However Lewis is yet to sign a contract extension with Mercedes. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says it is only a matter of sitting down together to hash out the terms.

“It’s not that we’re delaying it, but I don’t want to put ourselves under pressure and say that we will do it before Bahrain or before Abu Dhabi,” Wolff was quoted as saying by Italy’s Autosprint.

“There is no pressure, so it will be when it will be. Lewis loves racing and competition, just as the team does. Without a race to fight for, life wouldn’t be as much fun, which is why I see us going into next year.

“I think it will be another great year in 2021 before the tremendous challenge with the rule changes in 2022.

“I see us going on for a while,” concluded the Austrian.

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