Hamilton-to-ferrari rumours have race world abuzz
Lewis Hamilton is out of his contract with Mercedes at the end of the Formula One season and, inevitably, speculation that the seven-time world champion could move to Ferrari is again picking up speed.
The Daily Mail reported on Monday that Ferrari was set to offer the 38-year-old Briton a US$50.48 million deal to race in red as teammate to Charles Leclerc, with company president John Elkann making the approach.
Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport said the speculation “would apparently have a foundation of truth” but could not confirm the figures.
There was no comment from Mercedes or Ferrari but social media was buzzing.
Hamilton has been linked to the Italian team before — he has at least one of their luxury sports cars in his private car collection — and in 2019 twice met Elkann socially.
Speculation he might replace now-retired four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel alongside Leclerc came to nothing then, although the German was replaced by Spaniard Carlos Sainz at the end of 2020.
The situation is different now, and there are also a number of reasons why certain parties might want to give the rumour mill an extra shove with this weekend's showcase Monaco Grand Prix looming.
Hamilton has not won a race since 2021, with George Russell a rising talent within the team, but such speculation emphasizes his continuing superstar status and boosts his bargaining position.
On Ferrari's side, Leclerc is a firm favourite but the Monegasque is out of contract at the end of 2024 and, with his patience at times wearing thin, has also been linked to Mercedes.
Asked in April whether he had any conversations with the former champions, Leclerc replied: “Not yet, not for the moment.”
A move for Hamilton would be a timely reminder from Ferrari that it is not sitting still.