There have never been any contacts with Lewis Hamilton. Scuderia Ferrari boss Frederic Vasseur responded clearly and categorically to the rumors that emerged in recent days, suggesting ongoing negotiations between the Maranello team and the seven-time Formula One world champion, including an economic offer of 40 million per season.
“Two weeks ago, I read that Carlos was already in Audi,” Frederic Vasseur replied with a smile. “Then I read that Charles will go to Mercedes, so I thought, well, I’ll be alone! We all know that at this stage of the season, many stories are told. Regarding the recent rumors about Lewis, I reiterate that we have not spoken with him. I believe that every single team in this paddock would want to have Lewis; it would be foolish to deny such a thing. Personally, I speak with Lewis almost every race weekend, and I have been doing so for twenty years. And I don’t want to stop doing it because there are media outlets that could connect these conversations to who knows what.” – the French manager explained.
Fred Vasseur also denied feeling the need to clarify the situation with his two drivers.
“If every time a news item comes out, we had to come together to clarify…,” continued the team principal of the Scuderia. “Carlos and Charles have not come to clarify what was written about them, and it was not necessary for them to do so. We are all used to it; we know that rumors are reported every week.” – the Ferrari boss pointed out.
While firmly denying any contact with Hamilton, Frederic Vasseur was equally firm when asked if it was now time to sit down and discuss contract renewals with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
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“I have already said some time ago that the most important thing for us is to remain focused on the development of the current season. We will have time to discuss the future, and it will be at the right time. I don’t want to change the plans; I reiterate, today the most important thing is to try to take a step forward to compete with Red Bull, and we need to focus on that.” – the Ferrari team principal concluded.