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HAMILTON SEEMS TO LIKE THE IDEA OF COMPETING FOR FERRARI
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton seems to like the idea of competing for arch rival Ferrari one day.
Although he is committed to winning his third Formula One title with Mercedes, and his fourth overall, Hamilton admires the Italian manufacturer.
“I’ve made it no secret I’m a huge fan of the team, big fan of Ferrari and what they’ve achieved in the history of motorsport,” Hamilton said on Thursday at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. “Who knows what the future holds?”
Hamilton is in a tense scrap with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, a four-time F1 champion. Vettel leads him by 12 points after seven races.
“At the moment I can’t imagine myself being anywhere else but here (Mercedes),” said Hamilton, who often speaks of his respect for Vettel’s ability. “I’m enjoying the fight we’re having with Ferrari and admiring them for their strong competition.”
Victory this year would see Hamilton match Vettel and Frenchman Alain Prost with four F1 titles.
The British driver has 56 wins and is second on the list of all-time winners behind F1 great Michael Schumacher (91). With 65 pole positions Hamilton is level second with another F1 great, Ayrton Senna, and he could soon surpass Schumacher’s record of 68.
“The dream for a lot of sportsmen and women is going out at the top,” Hamilton said. “I guess you could say a lot of people stopped before their time. At the moment I don’t plan to.”
FIA steps up F1 oil burn clampdown
The FIA has stepped up its clampdown on Formula 1 teams potentially trying to get a power boost by using oil as fuel, with a fresh directive to teams issued ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport newspaper Ferrari are seeking to address the gap between themselves and the Mercedes by bringing a third evolution team engine.
Lewis Hamilton issues new update on future amid F1 retirement links I
Lewis Hamilton insists he is not currently thinking about quitting Formula One after appearing to admit that he could decide to follow in the footsteps of former Mercedes teammate and world championship rival Nico Rosberg by walking away from the grid at the end of the 2017 season.
Gerhard Berger’s nephew not confirming Force India news
Gerhard Berger’s nephew is not ready to confirm reports that he will make his Formula 1 test debut in Hungary.
Prickly Jolyon Palmer not happy with BBC questioning
The 26-year-old is yet to score a point in 2017, and when asked how he is still able to remain positive he said “by avoiding these little BBC interviews” before adding “it’s just a shame to keep having to answer all these questions”.
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