Ferrari ‘not contemplating’ transfer for Lewis Hamilton after confirming Sebastian Vettel as first choice
Ferrari boss insists they’re ‘not contemplating’ transfer for F1 champion Lewis Hamilton after confirming Sebastian Vettel as their ‘first choice’
- A Ferrari boss has mentioned they don’t seem to be pursuing a transfer for Lewis Hamilton
- Hamilton’s Mercedes deal runs out subsequent yr and he has been linked with Ferrari
- Nonetheless, Sebastian Vettel has been confirmed as their ‘first choice’ driver
Hamilton, whose Mercedes contract is ready to run out on the finish of the yr, had held casual talks about becoming a member of Ferrari however any transfer now appears to be like lifeless within the water.
Mercedes have been working laborious to maintain Hamilton at their workforce with boss Toto Wolff meeting him in London this week to negotiate a new deal which could be worth £60million.
Ferrari have insisted they’re ‘not contemplating’ a transfer for F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton
When requested about Ferrari’s doable transfer to signal Hamilton, Binotto mentioned: ‘We aren’t contemplating that in the mean time. We’re targeted solely on our drivers.’
Ferrari have as a substitute determined to again Vettel regardless of the German enduring a tough marketing campaign final yr, ending fifth within the standings after claiming only one Grand Prix victory.
Vettel is coming into the ultimate yr of his deal and with Charles Leclerc signed up for the long run, he would have been the fall-guy if Ferrari had been to launch a transfer for one more driver.
Nonetheless, Ferrari have given Vettel assurances over his quick future by insisting that he stays their No 1 driver forward of the upcoming season.
Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari deal expires subsequent yr and he would have been fall-guy for Hamilton
‘Sebastian is our first alternative in the mean time,’ mentioned Binotto. ‘It’s one thing we’re discussing with him and we’ll proceed to debate. He’s actually our first choice, and our choice.’
The 32-year-old, who has received the world championship on 4 events, admitted he’s eager to decide to Ferrari.
He advised Sky Sports lately: ‘I want to [stay], sure. The precedence proper now could be on 2020 after which we see.
‘I’ve been within the place already earlier than with Ferrari, and it is solely February. Final time we confirmed the contract for the long run it was August, so I do not assume it adjustments a lot.
‘The intentions are clear and I am positive we’ll kind it out.’
Nonetheless, Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto confirmed that Vettel is their first-choice driver