Toto Wolff on Lewis Hamilton making move to Red Bull: 'Never say never'

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Formula 1 bosses have confirmed that they have begun “detailed analysis” in addressing the ruling of the safety car following the controversial finish to the 2021 season in Abu Dhabi last month. Lewis Hamilton looked set to win his record eighth world title until the safety car was brought out and Max Verstappen was able to pit for fresh softs. Race director Michael Masi then allowed some lapped cars to overtake the safety car, enabling Verstappen to move closer to his title rival before overtaking him on the last lap. The seven-time champion and his Mercedes team were left infuriated by the decision, and since then many have speculated that it could well push Hamilton into retirement.

Hamilton still has a contract at Mercedes that would see him remain at the team until 2023, but before this deal was signed, Wolff suggested there was a small possibility the Briton could move to rivals Red Bull.

When asked in 2020 about the prospect of Hamilton joining Red Bull, Mercedes team principal Wolff said “never say never”.

He added: “I’ve seen crazier things in my life.

“But I don’t see why Lewis would do that.

“He has a very strong personal bond with the Mercedes brand and the team that he helped to create.

“At the moment we are giving him the best car and we have mutual trust in each other. We still have successful times ahead of us.

“I do not believe such a move for him would be rationally understandable.”

Eddie Jordan said at the time that Hamilton should make the move.

He said: “I personally believe Lewis should go to Red Bull and not to Ferrari.”

Hamilton has been an integral figure for Mercedes during their dominant last seven years, but it seems Hamilton has also dreamed of driving for Ferrari.

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In September, the seven-time champion admitted driving for Ferrari is a “dream for anyone” and a “goal to be achieved”.

He told Sky Sports Italia: “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.”

On why he has never driven for the team, Hamilton added: “It has never really been possible and I will never quite know exactly why.

“I wish them the best and in my near future I will continue to prevent them from winning the world championship.

“I’ve seen photos of their drivers and red is always red. I have a couple of Ferraris at home. I can drive those, but not the Ferrari F1.”

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Hamilton also opened up on the idea of retirement, admitting that it does sometimes cross his mind.

He said: “That thought often happens to me. It’s like a wave.

“It comes and goes, there have been many occasions in the last four or five years when I didn’t know if I still wanted to try, sacrifice myself with training at the expense of personal life.

“There are other things I like to do. So many things I would like to try. But on the other hand I tell myself that I am so lucky to be doing this job.”



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