Former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali, now CEO of Formula 1, admits that the Italians wanted to lure the English star driver Lewis Hamilton to Maranello.
Recently Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton wondered why he never ended up with Ferrari. His conclusion: It wasn’t meant to be. As for Ferrari, the Italians have always been reluctant to admit an offer for the English winning driver.
But now Stefano Domenicali has admitted: Such an offer for Hamilton did indeed exist. From 2008 to 2014, the now 56-year-old Imoleser managed the fortunes of the world’s most famous racing team. Today he is Managing Director of Formula 1. In an interview with our English colleagues from Sky, Stefano says: “Yes, Ferrari wanted to get Hamilton. We discussed it. ”
Hamilton said the timing was somehow wrong. Domenicali: “I see it that way too. And today that time is over. There is this film that illustrates this very nicely. It’s called ‘Sliding Doors’ and it’s about decisions. What turn does life take when you walk through a certain door or not? ”
It was about a possible change from Lewis after completing his phase at McLaren at the end of 2012. But Hamilton was convinced by Niki Lauda of the Mercedes project. Stefano Domenicali continues: “Nobody can blame Lewis for making the wrong choice when we look at the great successes of the last few years.”