Lewis Hamilton won his 94th race victory at last Sunday’s Formula One Turkish Grand Prix, as well as his seventh World Championship title, breaking Michael Schumacher’s record. A smaller but interesting statistic is that the success in Istanbul was the 73rd victory for the Englishman with Mercedes, thus also ahead of Schumi in the number of races won with one team, he won 72 victories at Ferrari.
Hamilton has now “merged” with Merci, but could he have been a Ferrari driver too? This is what the Italian Gazzetta dello Sport asked him after the league title was drawn.
“I was never close to justifying Ferrari,” he said. “We negotiated several times, but we never got further than assessing the possibilities. Our positions have never met, and I think it happens for every reason. In recent years, my contracts have actually always run at a different pace than others, ”he explained.
Although Hamilton’s mercis contract expires this year, now, after both tournaments close, they will finally get together to negotiate the overtime – the English don’t want anywhere else, he really likes the current environment:
“I remember when I first went into the factory, I thought, well, here the money is spent on racing, not on appearance. I really believed in McLaren too, but they had certain expectations about how a racer should behave, which was in conflict with the fact that I had always been a nonconformist. ”
“Before signing up for Mercedes, I even told them to look, I’m different, let me be myself, let me experiment because I have to figure out who I am, in return I will help make the brand more popular with young people , and so it happened, ”he recalled.