Lewis Hamilton is “amazed” that he never joined Ferrari and is unsure of the reason why.
The seven-time F1 champion began his illustrious career with McLaren, and spent six seasons with the team before switching to Mercedes in 2013.
The Briton is embroiled in a titanic tussle with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for the 2021 F1 World Championship and is aiming to win a record eighth title and seventh with the Silver Arrows.
However, the 36-year-old has never donned the iconic red and white of the Italian-based team, but admitted he came close to joining them after talks with Ferrari chairman John Elkann in 2019.
“For many years, when I came to Monza, walking next to the fans… I could hear them saying "Come to Ferrari!"' he told Sky Sport Italia .
“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.”
He 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.”
The motorsport legend has achieved great things in F1 and admitted he ‘often’ thinks about when he will step away from the sport, but is determined to achieve as much as he possibly can before that day arrives.
“That thought often happens to me. It's like a wave,” he revealed.
“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.”
Hamilton continued: “In a rather long period of time, the career in the car becomes only a small part, there is a lot of time to retire. It is a question of finding the balance.
“I tell myself that if I am still hungry and I train like I was a boy, which I am doing, and if I still get great results… [but] if I find myself slower, lacking strength to train, and unmotivated, then I'll know it's time to stop.”
The driver made more history when he secured his 100th F1 victory at the Russian Grand Prix this past weekend.
He is the first man to achieve the feat and continues to add to his great legacy.
It was his fifth win of the season and his first since the British Grand Prix in July.
"It's taken a long time to get to 100 and at times, I wasn't sure it would come," the British driver said.
"It is a magical moment. I could only have dreamed of still being here, to have this opportunity to win these races, and to drive with such phenomenal talents this late on in my career."
"I am so proud of everything we have done with Mercedes, on and off the track, and this is a special moment for everyone that has been part of it.
"My dad called me last night and he has always been that one to reassure me and to continue to support me. I feel incredibly grateful for the amazing support that I have had."
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