After his move to Mercedes F1 in 2013, Lewis Hamilton became one of the most successful F1 drivers in the history of the sport. Despite his extremely thriving career with Mercedes, in a recent interview made at Monza with Sky Sports F1, Hamilton admitted he will never fully understand why a “dream” move to Ferrari was never possible for him. It is extremely unlikely that this move will still happen, with his Mercedes contract tying him until 2023 (and Hamilton being by then 38 years old). When asked about that, Hamilton replied: "it's definitely going to be crazy to think that I never drove for Ferrari,
"Of course I look at the colour and the red, it's just... it's still the red. I have a couple of Ferraris at home, so I do get to drive a Ferrari, just not the one!
"For everyone that's a dream position to be in. It was just never really fully on the cards for me.
"I'll never know fully exactly why, but I wish them all the best and I'm going to spend the next bit of my time stopping them from winning the championship!”
One could argue if a move to Ferrari would be necessary. Although Ferrari is the most titled team in the history of the sport, with 31 combined constructors’ and drivers’ titles, the last title won by the team was in 2008, so when Lewis got his first championship title with McLaren. Since then, despite highest efforts, the team never really got close to achieving another title. In the meantime, Hamilton added six more titles onto his account.
There were a lot of rumours about a potential move to Ferrari by Hamilton, first in 2012 and then in 2019, but eventually the Scuderia signed Carlos Sainz Jr as a replacement for Sebastian Vettel, who was leaving to Aston Martin.
In the same interview, Hamilton admitted he was considering retiring from the sport a few times over the past few seasons, but said he will continue racing for as long as he feels the “desire” and “hunger” to do so.
As he said: "There's definitely plenty of times I've had over the last four or five years where I've been like, I don't know if I want to keep giving or sacrificing the training and my personal life," he said.
”There's other things that I'd like to do, normal stuff I want to do... but on the other side I'm like, wow, I'm so fortunate that I get to do this job.
"In the bigger scheme of things, it's a little of your life. There's a long, long time retired.
"So I'm trying to find the right balance. If I'm still hungry, if I can still train myself as I did as a kid, which I do now, and still achieve great results... then great.
"If I start getting slower, I can't be bothered to train and I'm not as driven, then I know that's when I need to stop."