Lewis Hamilton was ‘perfect fit’ for FERRARI as F1 legend bemoans decision to sign £50m contract at Mercedes


LEWIS HAMILTON has tied his future to Mercedes, but one Formula One legend thinks he should have gone elsewhere.

Hamilton has recently penned a MEGA two-year contract with Mercedes that will see him earn £50m per year.

Lewis Hamilton has committed his future to Mercedes with a two-year contractRex

GettyJohnny Herbert thinks he should have made the switch to Ferrari instead[/caption]

But former F1 star Johnny Herbert thinks that the seven-time world champion should’ve made the switch to Ferrari rather than staying put.

There had been rumours and reports suggesting that Ferrari were interested in poaching Hamilton if he didn’t sign a new deal with the Silver Arrows.

But the 38-year-old has committed himself to Mercedes rather than making the move which he described as a “dream position” back in 2021.

And Herbert thinks that not only would the move have helped Hamilton complete that dream, but he would also have been a “perfect fit” for the Prancing Horse.

Speaking to The Mirror, he said: “He may be aware of what may be happening in the future with Mercedes and has been satisfied that is where his future is.

“Still, I would have liked to have seen the final part of his career in a Ferrari. I honestly think he was the right character and the perfect fit for them.

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“If he is happy where he is, for him, that is the best mental place for him to be. You have got to have belief in where you are at and Lewis does, which is why he re-signed.”

And it would seem Hamilton believes he is in the right place as he chases after that elusive eighth World Championship.


However Herbert isn’t convinced he will find it with Mercedes.

He added: “Based on the last couple of years, I don’t see Lewis getting an eighth title.

“The car has got better since they changed from the original concept, but they are only as good as the gap behind Red Bull.

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“They are not ahead of the game. Can they turn it around? I don’t know. I haven’t seen those positive signs. They have gone forward but not very far. The car is not a race winner.”

GettyHerbert thinks Hamilton and Mercedes are too far behind Max Verstappen and Red Bull for him to be winning an eighth World Championship any time soon[/caption]

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