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Lewis Hamilton offered Ferrari F1 drive… in 50-year-old car belonging to former driver Paolo Barilla

, Lewis Hamilton offered Ferrari F1 drive… in 50-year-old car belonging to former driver Paolo Barilla

LEWIS HAMILTON has been offered a drive in a Ferrari F1 car… from 50 years ago.

Speculation has been rife around the future of the out-of-contract superstar.

Lewis Hamilton is arguably the greatest F1 driver of all time
The Brit could take up the offer of taking Paolo Barilla’s Ferrari 312B out for a spin

Hamilton, 36, has often been linked with a move to Ferrari down the years, although is expected to eventually re-sign with Mercedes.

But he could end up taking a Ferrari out for a spin regardless.

The classic Ferrari 312B was raced by Swiss driver Clay Regazzoni in the 1970 season, and is now owned by Paolo Barilla – himself a former F1 racer.

Barilla, 59, competed for Minardi in 1990, but has now turned his attention to the business world, as the deputy chairman of pasta supremos the Barilla Group.

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In an interview with motorsport.com, he talked fondly about the motor, although admitted that only a driver of Hamilton’s calibre could fully appreciate it.

He said: “I drove it in Monte Carlo and it really touched me. But the car is difficult to drive, so I won’t do it again.

“It would have to be a driver who can appreciate the emotions when you are behind the wheel of this car. I think Lewis Hamilton is such a driver.

“When I hear him talking about driving, I can feel he is a driver who can appreciate the special features of a car.”

, Lewis Hamilton offered Ferrari F1 drive… in 50-year-old car belonging to former driver Paolo Barilla

Hamilton is expected to re-sign with Mercedes

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Hamilton, who is busy getting himself ready for the upcoming season after recovering from coronavirus, has previously explained why a move to Ferrari has never quite lined up.

He said: “We talked on occasion but we didn’t go beyond understanding what options were on the table and they weren’t the right ones.

“Our positions have never aligned. I think timing matters and things happen in the end for a reason.

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“In recent seasons, my contract always expired in years different from those of all the other drivers. In the end, that’s how it went.”

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