Six times world champion Lewis Hamilton did not deny meeting Ferrari chairman John Elkann when asked on Sunday about speculation linking the Mercedes driver with a move to the Italian team in 2021. The 34-year-old Hamilton will be out of contract at the end of next season.
The next deal will probably be Hamilton’s last in Formula One and he has said he is considering options outside of Mercedes. Hamilton said in response to a question about Italian media reports that he had twice met Elkann, “What happens behind closed doors is always private with whoever it is you end up sitting with. For many, many years I’ve never, ever sat down and considered other options because we’ve been just driving straight ahead into the path that we’ve been on…”
Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013, replacing seven times title-holder Michael Schumacher. He now has six titles and 84 wins, seven shy of Schumacher’s all-time record of 91, and has averaged 10 a year since 2014.
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