Autosprint, the reputable Italian motorsport magazine, have teased Tifosi with a cover depicting Lewis Hamilton in a Ferrari race suit and baseball cap asking the question: Would you like this?
Speaking after claiming his fifth Formula 1 World Championship, Hamilton is adamant he is very happy with Mercedes, but he did not put a lid on the matter when he told Sky after winning his fifth title, “At the moment, it’s very very difficult to imagine, envisage myself anywhere else.”
“This is my family, this is where I grew up but I said the same thing when I was at McLaren. I think one of the reasons I wanted to move was to go somewhere else and see if you could do something special somewhere else. I knew I could but I needed to prove it to everyone else.”
“Right now, I don’t feel like I need to go and be in another team to win a title in another team but you can never say never.”
Clearly inspired by Hamilton’s statement, Autosprint took poetic licence to produce a cover that is likely to cause a stir when it hits the streets.
It also stirs up the speculative theory that Hamilton in the Ferrari this year would have also done the business. Indeed many fans and pundits believe that the man in the #44 made the difference when it mattered.
Hamilton has only raced with Mercedes powered cars in Formula 1, the manufacturer serving him well with five titles and 71 victories.
To keep Hamilton in silver, Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff knows what has to be done, “As long as we provide a car that is competitive to win championships and he continues to drive like he does, this can be a relationship that goes forever.”
Big Question: Would Ferrari and Lewis work?