He is struggling so far this season
Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton hasn’t hesitated to reveal that he is a lifelong Ferrari fan. The Mercedes driver has been struggling so far this season, but his Ferrari counterparts Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have managed to shine.
Leclerc is currently second-placed in the drivers’ standings, just nine points behind leader Max Verstappen, who won the F1 title last year.
“Leclerc is very strong, you can always see that,” Hamilton told Corriere della Sera.
“I would say one thing: if I could sit with the fans in the stands, I would support Charles, I’m a Ferrari fan.
“Mercedes is my family, I will always be a Mercedes driver, just like Stirling Moss was.”
Hamilton went on to reveal what he told Leclerc after the Ferrari driver missed out on the podium in the Monaco GP and finished fourth.
“You’ve got a long, long future ahead of you,” Hamilton told Leclerc after the race.
“I know that it sucks at the moment, but you’ve got a long, long way to go.”
Hamilton has been driving in the F1 for the last 16 seasons, but has never done so for the Italian constructors.
“[It is] definitely going to be crazy to think that I never drove for Ferrari,” he told Sky Sports last season.
“For everyone that’s a dream position to be in. It was just never really fully on the cards for me.
“I’ll never know fully exactly why, but I wish them all the best and I’m going to spend the next bit of my time stopping them from winning the championship.”
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