Formula 1 Couldn’t reach an agreement
Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he held talks with Ferrari in the past, but he made clear that their positions were never aligned.
The English Formula 1 driver has achieved a lot of success whilst with Mercedes, and he recently won his seventh World Championship title.
“We talked on occasion, but we didn’t go beyond understanding what options were on the table and they weren’t the right ones,” Hamilton told La Gazzetta dello Sport when asked if Ferrari had ever tried to sign him.
“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 years different from those of all the other drivers. In the end, that’s how it went.”
The 35-year-old revealed one of the key differences between driving for McLaren and driving for Mercedes, with it being something non-car related.
“At McLaren, I grew a lot but they had certain expectations about how a driver should behave and they contrasted with the fact that I’ve always been an outsider, a non-conformist,” Hamilton explained.
“Before signing with Mercedes I said, ‘I’m different from others. Let me be myself, let me experience [things] because I have to find out who I am. In any case, I help you and make the brand grow in the world of young people in a better way.’ And that’s what happened.”