Ecclestone says Hamilton is more likely to retire than join Ferrari
‘I don’t know why he would think he would be better off at Ferrari than Mercedes’: Ex-F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says Lewis Hamilton is more likely to retire than accept a £40m-a-year to race in red
- Ecclestone, who ran F1 for 40 years, remains in close contact with main players
- Hamilton, 38, is in talks over a renewal with his current team principal Toto Wolff
- Mail Sport broke the news of the Italian team’s interest in Hamilton on Monday
Bernie Ecclestone believes Lewis Hamilton is more likely to retire than accept an offer to drive for Ferrari.
Mail Sport broke the news of the Italian team’s interest on Monday, reporting that they want the seven-time world champion once his £40million-a-year contract with Mercedes expires at the end of this season.
Hamilton, 38, is in talks over a renewal with his current team principal Toto Wolff. Both parties say a new deal will be struck.
Ferrari’s favoured idea is to pair Hamilton with Charles Leclerc, their current No 1, in place of Carlos Sainz.
Ahead of this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, Ecclestone, who ran the sport for 40 years and remains in close contact with the main players, said: ‘I don’t know why Lewis would think he would be better off at Ferrari than where he is at the moment.
Ferrari are set to offer Lewis Hamilton a bumper deal worth £40m to race in red next season
Mercedes have just one podium finish this season, with Hamilton’s second place in Melbourne
‘He knows everything well and truly at Mercedes. They know him, and they have a lot of respect for him so he couldn’t be better looked after anywhere.
‘Ferrari is not a retirement home either. They want to win the world championship more than anyone. So, I think he will stay at Mercedes, or he will retire.’
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