Lewis Hamilton opens up on Ferrari negotiations as new Mercedes contract talks loom

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he never really came close to joining Ferrari before signing his last contract in Mercedes back in 2019. The Briton has just won his seventh world championship but has yet to commit to a new deal at his current team.

Hamilton is expected to sign a contract to stay in the sport and look to continue his dominance though.

The 35-year-old became a seven-time world champion with his win at the Turkish Grand Prix last time out.

It puts Hamilton level with the great Michael Schumacher on the most world championships in the history of the sport.

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Ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, Hamilton has opened up on how close he came to making a switch to Ferrari, the former team of Schumacher.

“I was never close at all to ever leaving my team,” Hamilton said about his talks in 2019.

“I think it’s only right as drivers, as people, when you’re looking at your next phase and committing to the next stage of your life you have to analyse what your options are and make sure you do your due diligence and have the pros and cons.

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“I don’t know whether our values are aligned and timing… it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Hamilton was full of praise for his Mercedes team and says he sees them as a family to him.

He added: “I’m so grateful with what I have with Mercedes.

“This is the only team in the history of the sport where you’re a long-life family member, the older greats have been a part of the Mercedes brand for their whole life, you’re a part of the road of evolution, they include you in the family forever.

“That’s loyalty, which I have tattooed, and it’s such an important value to me.”

Hamilton will be looking for another win in the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend.

It is the first of a double-header in the country with lights out at 2.10pm on Sunday.

The final race of the season is then in Abu Dhabi as a dramatic and different 2020 F1 season comes to an end.

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