There have been no negotiations with Lewis Hamilton, according to the Ferrari CEO.
Lewis Hamilton’s potential Formula 1 race in 2024 has reportedly been discussed by Ferrari, however Frederic Vasseur has rejected this.
Even though his present contract with Mercedes terminates at the end of 2023, the seven-time World Champion has long been rumored to go to Maranello at some point in the future.
Toto Wolff revealed that Hamilton may depart the racing team to pursue an eighth world championship, and this week’s rumors suggested Ferrari had made an attractive offer to the British racer to sign him for the upcoming season.
Vasseur, the team boss, strongly denied that the squad had made such an offer.
Vasseur on Hamilton contract
As a joke, Vasseur told the media in Monaco, including RacingNews365.com, “I could say that two weeks ago, [the media] sent [Carlos] Sainz to Audi, one week ago you sent [Charles] Leclerc to Mercedes, and now I am alone.”
“You know perfectly that at this stage of the season, each week you will have a different story.
“We are sending an offer to Lewis, and we didn’t do it.
“We didn’t have discussions, and I think every single team on the grid would like to have Hamilton at one stage – it would be b***shit not to say something like this.
“And if I discussed with Hamilton, I discussed the last 20 years. I discussed almost every single weekend with Hamilton – I don’t want to have to stop to discuss with him because you are chasing me!
“For us, we agreed that we will discuss about the contracts [for Leclerc and Sainz] and I don’t want to change that because we had rumours from someone that Lewis would come or Charles or Carlos could go.
“We are doing our job internally and staying focused on the plan.”
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