Lewis Hamilton has talked down suggestions he could ditch Mercedes for Ferrari next season. The 35-year-old is in the final 12 months of his contract and could is considering finish his career in the famous Italian red of Ferrari.
Hamilton is hoping to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles this season.
However, he could then make the blockbuster switch to Ferrari after holding preliminary talks with Prancing Horse chiefs last year.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is desperate to keep hold of his star man to ensure the Silver Arrows maintain their stronghold on F1.
And Hamilton has talked down his chances of leaving as he does not expect Sebastian Vettel – who he would replace – to move on.
“In the top teams there isn’t going to be a lot of movement, most likely,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.
“In the ones cascading down I’m not too sure what everyone’s contracts are – but I don’t think there’s going to be a huge amount of movement.
“I think just get used to what’s similar at the moment. I don’t know what Seb’s (Vettel) plan is for the future.”
Money is not the only term which Hamilton likes to have included in his contract.
The six-time world champion also likes to be assured he can pursue his extracurricular activities off the track.
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“It’s not about freedom, it’s about being able to be yourself,” he added. ”People say, ‘you wouldn’t be able to get the freedom here and there’, but I wouldn’t go anywhere where I would be able to be myself.
“When I joined this team, Mercedes embraced that and Toto could see this is the way I am.
“We have the biggest sponsors, we’ve been winning the most Championships and we’ve won the most races. I don’t think there’s a single bad thing about it.”
Meanwhile, Hamilton is confident his new Mercedes W11 will be capable of fending off the challenge of Ferrari and Red Bull this season.
”I think at this time of the year you don’t really feel any pressure and it’s just about having some fun,” he said.
“You are focussed and enjoying the moment. The guys have worked so hard to put the car together and only two of us get to drive it.
“It is pretty incredible. These guys have been working for months and months to build the car we see in the garage and to make sure it is delivered and running smoothly. Me and Valtteri get to spread it’s wings.
“This is my eight year with the team and the buzz is the same every year. They couldn’t be more excited or enthusiastic or driven.
“I would probably say that’s the most impressive thing is that we’ve had the success and it could be quite easy for them to be laid back.
“Everyone is super focussed and there is so much work done in the background. Everyone is fresher, revamped for the challenges ahead.”
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