F1: Domenicali reveals ‘Ferrari wanted Hamilton’

(GMM) Ferrari held talks with Lewis Hamilton about the British driver potentially racing in red for Formula 1’s most famous team.

Just a week ago, the seven time world champion said it is “amazing” that his ultra-successful career will probably end in the coming years without him ever racing for Ferrari.

“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,” said the Mercedes driver.

“It’s never really been possible and I will never quite know exactly why.”

However, former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali says he actually held talks with Hamilton some years ago.

Stefano Domenicali at Ferrari in 2014 © FOTO STUDIO COLOMBO X FERRARI

“Yes, Ferrari wanted to get Hamilton. We discussed it,” the Italian, who is now Formula 1’s CEO, is quoted by Speed Week.

Domenicali stepped down at Ferrari in 2014, a year after Hamilton switched from McLaren to Mercedes.

Hamilton indicated that the timing of a Ferrari move was never quite right, with Domenicali adding: “I see it that way too.

“And today that time is over. There is a film that illustrates that very nicely called Sliding Doors, and it’s about decisions. What turn does life take when you walk through a certain door or not?”

Ultimately, Hamilton was convinced by Niki Lauda and other key team members to join Mercedes – and the rest is history.

“Nobody can say Lewis made the wrong choice when you look at his great successes of the last few years,” said Domenicali.