Hamilton opens up on Ferrari talk
Lewis Hamilton says moving to Ferrari is still possible although he insists life at Mercedes is great right now.
British driver Hamilton is currently in his seventh season with Mercedes, having joined from McLaren in 2013, and he has been the dominant force in Formula 1 since that move to the Brackley-based outfit.
The 34-year-old has won five world titles with the Silver Arrows, taking his overall tally to six after landing his first back in 2008, and he is on course to adding number seven to his collection this season.
With seven races left, the Stevenage-born star leads the way on 284 points, 63 ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas, and it will take a big effort for anyone to overhaul the defending world champion.
Although being a key figure for Mercedes, Hamilton was asked about the possibility of racing in the famous Ferrari colours and he refused to rule out joining the Scuderia one day.
"I don't know if it's about being tempted. I think if it's about whether it's part of the gameplan," he told the official F1 site on a potential switch to Ferrari. "I was just asked the question...'How would you feel if you ended your career without being at Ferrari?
"Honestly, when you're part of Mercedes, you're part of a family for a lifetime – provided you stay with them obviously! If you look at Stirling Moss, even Fangio is still honoured within the family.
"You're part of their history, and they look after you for the rest of your life. That is important to me. Loyalty is a very, very key part. But if there's a point in my life where there's something I want to change, then that could potentially be an option. I don't know if that is at the moment."
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