LEWIS HAMILTON has admitted his surprise at never making the move to Ferrari.
As the grandest name of Formula One over the decades, the Scuderia have previously employed legends including Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio and Fernando Alonso.
But British star Hamilton has never stepped into the famous red overalls, and has not even been close to doing so.
Links did emerge last year but the legend, who has recently fuelled retirement talk after missing out on the F1 title to Max Verstappen last month, remains under contract with Mercedes until the end of 2023 and has described a switch to the Prancing Horse as ‘never really possible’.
Speaking to Sky Italia back in September, via GPToday, he noted: “For years, whenever I come to Monza and see the fans, I hear them saying, ‘Come to Ferrari!’.
“It warms my heart but it’s pretty amazing that I’ve never driven for Ferrari after so many years.
“Because it’s a dream for everyone, a goal to be achieved.
“It’s never really been possible and I will never quite know exactly why.
“I wish them the best and in the near future I will just have to stop them from winning the world championship instead [laughs].
“I have a couple of Ferraris at home that I can drive, but not the F1 Ferrari.”
Hamilton was signed to McLaren from a young age and raced for six years with the British team, winning the 2008 world title.
McLaren’s decline coincided with old team-mate Fernando Alonso joining Ferrari and a renewal of their fiery relationship was not on the cards.
In 2013, he replaced Michael Schumacher at Mercedes and will now hopefully be vying for a record eighth F1 title crown.