user icon
user icon

Ferrari 'happy' Hamilton available for 2021 season

  • Published on 30 Nov 2019 10:05
  • comments 4
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto admits that he is "happy" that Lewis Hamilton is available following the end of the 2020 season.

Many of the contracts that the current grid are tied down to expire at the end of the 2020 season, ahead of the 2021 campaign which will see a major shake-up in the regulations.

Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 and has enjoyed unprecedented success in a short space of time, winning five world titles in the seven years he has been at the team.

Despite Hamilton's availability, Binotto says that it's too early to make a decision on its line-up for 2021, but admits that it makes Ferrari "only happy" that he could be a potential candidate for the team.

"Lewis is certainly an outstanding driver, a fantastic driver. Knowing that he's available in 2021 can make us only happy, but honestly it's too early for any decision. 

"We are happy with the drivers we've got at the moment and I think certainly at one stage next season we will start discussing and understanding what to do."

'Meetings already held between Ferrari and Hamilton'

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, two meetings have already been held this year between Hamilton and John Elkann, the chairman at Ferrari.

It is also believed that Hamilton has held talks with Piero Ferrari, the son of the team's founder Enzo. 

Also according to La Gazzetta, Hamilton was also close to a switch to the Italian team in 2017, but then team boss Maurizio Arrivabene was not interested before Vettel's contract was extended.

In Brazil, Hamilton spoke briefly of his future, stating that he is prepared for 'stressful' contract negotiations to sort out his future beyond the 2020 season.

Replies (4)

Login to reply
  • xoya

    Posts: 528

    Talk about a slap in the face of both current Ferrari drivers.

    • + 0
    • Nov 30 2019 - 12:46
    • "We are happy with the drivers we've got at the moment". And I'm inclined to believe him, but the current champ will always be a very hard to resist temptation for any team.

      • + 0
      • Nov 30 2019 - 14:20
    • xoya

      Posts: 528

      Imagine this scene...
      Me sitting on the couch with my wife, telling her that I am very pleased with her at the moment, but if Cheryl Cole became available I'd very happy...

      Wouldn't end that good, would it? :P

      Kidding ofc. I agree with your comment.

      • + 0
      • Nov 30 2019 - 16:06
    • It all depends on whether she fancies Cheryl Cole aswell. ;) I do of course see your point, but such is F1. :)

      • + 0
      • Dec 1 2019 - 19:28

CA Grand Prix of Canada

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    17:00 - 18:30

    Free practice 3

    17:00 - 18:00

    Race

    20:10 - 22:10

  • Free practice 2

    21:00 - 22:30

    Qualifying

    20:00 - 21:00

    Fastest lap

     

CA Grand Prix of Canada

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    17:00 - 18:30

    Free practice 2

    21:00 - 22:30

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    17:00 - 18:00

    Qualifying

    20:00 - 21:00

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    20:10 - 22:10

    Fastest lap

    20:10 - 22:10

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Do you think countries hit by the coronavirus should cancel their 2020 F1 race?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Mercedes
  • Points 1,945
  • Podiums 81
  • Grand Prix 102
  • Country GB
  • Date of b. Jan 7 1985 (35)
  • Place of b. Tewin, GB
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.74 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
13 - Mar 15
Australia
20 - Mar 22
Bahrain
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam
17 - Apr 19
China
1 - May 3
Netherlands
8 - May 10
Spain
21 - May 24
Monaco
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan
12 - Jun 14
Canada
26 - Jun 28
France
3 - Jul 5
Austria
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom
31 - Aug 2
Hungary
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
18 - Sep 20
Singapore
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Japan
23 - Oct 25
United States of America
30 - Nov 1
Mexico
13 - Nov 15
Brazil
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
13 - Mar 15
Australia Albert Park
20 - Mar 22
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam Hanoi Circuit
17 - Apr 19
1 - May 3
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
8 - May 10
21 - May 24
Monaco Monte Carlo
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
12 - Jun 14
26 - Jun 28
France Paul Ricard
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom Silverstone
31 - Aug 2
Hungary Hungaroring
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
18 - Sep 20
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
23 - Oct 25
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
30 - Nov 1
13 - Nov 15
Brazil Interlagos
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar