Toto Wolff on Hamilton: "Every driver wants to drive at Ferrari one day"

12-05-2019 11:40 | Updated: 12-05-2019 12:14
by Louis Shaw
Toto Wolff on Hamilton: Every driver wants to drive at Ferrari one day

Toto Wolff has acknowledged the fact that in the future Lewis Hamilton could want to drive for Ferrari. The Mercedes team boss has said that it is something he has talked about with the Brit but for the time being it seems that he will stay at Mercedes as he is contracted until 2020. 

"You have to simply acknowledge that probably it's in every driver's head to drive at Ferrari one day," said Wolff to Autosport during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

"It's the most iconic Formula 1 brand, the most historic Formula 1 brand out there, and I totally respect if a driver has the desire to drive at Ferrari.

"And even within the team we have discussed it, and even with Lewis we have discussed it and we have agreed on that topic.

"We had the discussion when we negotiated the last contract."

Hamilton has dominated for much of his time at Mercedes but joined the team when it was in the midfield and helped build them into the championship team they are today. However, driving for Ferrari is something everyone wants to do. 

"You just have to be open-minded and understand that drivers will explore opportunities that exist and benchmark themselves," said Wolff.

"What I've seen [that is] strong between Lewis and us is that we have always been very transparent with each other in those discussions.

"At the moment, everything is great. I think we are providing him with a car that is capable of achieving his objectives.

"If we continue to have a car that is performing on that level I think there is no reason to go and we would really love him to stay.

"And if one day ways part, it will be very positive and then each of us will try to achieve success with a different set-up."

It seems that Hamilton is set to stay at Mercedes for the near future but a move to Ferrari could also be possible. 

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