Former Components 1 driver Felipe Massa sheds gentle on Lewis Hamilton‘s potential transfer to Ferrari, drawing on his personal expertise with the Italian group. Massa, who spent eight years with Ferrari, believes that the attract of carrying the long-lasting Ferrari colours and the status related to the group performed a pivotal function in Hamilton‘s resolution.
Regardless of Mercedes constantly ending greater within the Constructors’ World Championship, Massa has careworn that the selection goes past mere sporting concerns.
“I at all times imagined that he would, at one time or one other, attempt to finish or take into consideration ending his profession at Ferrari,” Massa advised Motorsport.com.
“And that second will actually come at Ferrari, if I am not mistaken, when he is roughly in his 40s. It is clear that it is going to be his final stint in Components 1. Will probably be one, two or three years. Relying on how a lot he desires [to stay] and relying on what outcome he will get as effectively.
“I believe it is cool. It is imposing, when you concentrate on the motor world, the model that he’ll signify, a media icon in some ways.”
The choice goes past the sporting facet
Hamilton, having spent 11 years with Mercedes, sparked hypothesis by considering a transfer to Ferrari, a group that completed third within the Constructors’ Championship.
Massa recommended that the choice is pushed by elements past on-track efficiency, implying that the cultural and historic significance of Ferrari may have been a significant affect on Hamilton‘s option to half methods with Mercedes after a prolonged partnership.
“We will by no means take away the worth of the motive force he’s, the expertise and the power he has when he’s contained in the automotive,” Massa added.
“If he can convey one thing to Ferrari, it would at all times be optimistic. I am a Ferrari fan and I’ll at all times help them. I believe this union will probably be fascinating and nice.”