It’s no secret that Ferrari has made multiple attempts to overtake Lewis Hamilton in the past. The seven-time world champion is honored by the interest of the Italian formation, but is especially proud of what he has achieved with his current team Mercedes.
F1 boss Stefano Domenicali, a past team principal at Ferrari, revealed in an interview this week that the Scuderia had made an attempt to bring in Lewis Hamilton in his day. It is also no secret that Ferrari chairman John Elkann still had talks in 2019 to tie Hamilton to him. Although the Englishman’s possible switch has caused much speculation, the Formula 1 record holder has had no real doubts about leaving the trusted Mercedes.
“It was part of an end of a contract term,” Hamilton said of Ferrari’s interest. “You have to do your best and see what options are available. I am very proud of where I am now and what I have achieved with Mercedes. I’ve always thought and I’ve said that before: The idea of going to Ferrari didn’t last long, I was already at Mercedes and then you are linked to that family for life. If you look at the drivers who have a history with Mercedes, they have been with Mercedes until their nineties. You don’t see that a lot with other teams and brands. I am proud of that and we have also achieved a lot. That’s part of teamwork, it comes through loyalty and that’s something I really appreciate in this team.”
Domenicali called the possible collaboration a Sliding Doors moment, a reference to the film starring Gwyneth Paltrow about the life of a headmistress who changes when she misses the train. “We discussed it,” Domenicali admitted in the interview with Sky F1. “There are moments in life where you can think of a movie: Sliding Doors. There are times when you have to get in the elevator or else you will stay where you are. There was a situation with Lewis that he was in a special period, I can’t blame him after a great career.”