Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari links could be ploy to help Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc
Lewis Hamilton’s rumoured move to Ferrari may be down to the Italian side trying to unsettle him as he tries to join Michael Schumacher on seven world titles, according to Jenson Button. Hamilton won his sixth title last season and is now just one behind the legendary Ferrari driver.
And he is gearing up for the 2020 season with one eye on Schumacher’s record and one eye on his future.
Hamilton has been linked with a move to Ferrari, and has has always been coy when discussing his next step – leaving the door open to a sensational move.
However Button thinks Hamilton should stay put and concentrate on what he does best: winning races.
He also believes talk of a potential move could be Ferrari trying to unsettle their biggest obstacle to getting their own drivers on the podium.
Hamilton blitzed it last season with Ferrari stars Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel finishing fourth and fifth in the driver standings with just three wins between them.
Hamilton won 11 and finished with 413 points.
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“I think pretty much every Brit and fan of Lewis wants to see him win a championship again and to make it seven,” Button told the Mirror.
“But there are always going to be rumours when a guy has won six world championships. Sometimes teams comment on situations like that to unsettle drivers or to unsettle other teams. Who knows what truths there are in it?
“I’d be surprised if Lewis changes teams. He has repaid them winning five world championships with them and they have given him the car to do so. It is very difficult for him to walk away from that.
“I don’t know what would make you change your mind and make you want to leave a team you have such a great relationship with.
“It’s not like he is seeing them spiral out of control or not have the funding in the future or not become a manufacturer.
“I think that is the only thing that would make him think of moving teams; if Mercedes wasn’t Mercedes anymore.”
Button however claims Ferrari could get things right this year with Leclerc leading the charge.
He even backed Vettel to compete if he can get back to his best.
“If he is the Sebastian that won four world championships (with Red Bull) then he has got a great chance of clinching the title,” Button said. “If he is not, then Charles has.
“That has got to be a good atmosphere and I can’t wait to be watching what unfolds at Ferrari. I really think they will pull strings together and take it to Mercedes.”
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