Carlos Sainz securing a contract extension until the end of the 2024 is one in the eye for his naysayers. Sainz has scored just 33 points to his team mates 71 in the opening three races of the Formula 1 season.
Yet despite the Spaniard’s teammate Charles LeClerc storming to the top of the F1 drivers’ championship after the first three rounds of the 2022 season, Ferrari have now signalled their confidence in Sainz.
Of course, Ferrari could have looked at other options for next season.
And why not multiple world champion Lewis Hamilton? He is out of contract with Mercedes the at the end of this season, but it appears the Scuderia have shunned the British champion’s previous overtures towards the Italian team.
Speaking to Sky Italia in Monza during the 2021 Italian GP, Hamilton stated, “For many years, when I came to Monza, walking next to the fans… I could hear them saying ‘Come to Ferrari!’
“This warmed my heart, but it’s pretty amazing that I’ve never driven for Ferrari in so many years. Because it is a dream for anyone, a goal to be achieved.”
At the time Hamilton was in a battle Royal with Max Verstappen for the world championship and his Mercedes car and team were less dominant than at any time since his first championship winning year with Brackley.
Lewis would be well aware that empires come and empires fall in Formula 1 and that his beloved Mercedes team may well be falling back into the pack. His comments about Ferrari and the Tifosi were almost certainly at least a fishing expedition.
Yet know with Hamilton struggling to compete with his new team mate, Mercedes in decline, he may have one more shot at the 8th WDC left in him, but knows time is short.
Given Ferrari look the team to beat and have the best engine – which is locked in now until 2025 – Hamilton’s hopes of a drive with the Scuderia are over.
When Ferrari’s option expires on Carlos Sainz in 2025, Hamilton will be 40 years of age.
This and this alone means Hamilton will never fulfil the “dream” and drive for the iconic Italian F1 team.