Ferrari's $50 Million Offer to Hamilton? Vasseur Denies the Rumors

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Ferrari's $50 Million Offer to Hamilton? Vasseur Denies the Rumors
Ferrari's $50 Million Offer to Hamilton? Vasseur Denies the Rumors (Provided by Sport World News)

In the high-octane world of Formula 1, rumors spread as fast as the cars themselves. Earlier this week, a report in the Daily Mail claimed that Ferrari was gearing up to table an irresistible $50 million per year offer to lure seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton away from Mercedes.

However, Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur has unequivocally dismissed these rumors in an interview ahead of the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.

"No Offer Has Been Made": Vasseur Quashes Speculation

"You know that at this stage of the season you will have each week a different story [about driver changes] and we are not sending an offer to Lewis Hamilton.

We didn't do it," Vasseur stated, categorically denying the Daily Mail's report. The team principal further clarified that there had been no discussions regarding any potential deal with the celebrated driver. In response to the rumors, Vasseur did concede that Hamilton's inclusion in any team would be greatly desired, but there was no truth in the reports about Ferrari courting the British champion.

"I think every single team on the grid would like to have Hamilton at one stage -- it would be bulls--- to not say something like this," he remarked, acknowledging Hamilton's prowess on the track.

Behind the Scenes: Navigating the Rumor Mill

The F1 world is no stranger to intense speculation, and the rumors regarding Hamilton and Ferrari are a testament to that.

However, Vasseur clarified that his ongoing interactions with Hamilton should not be misconstrued as negotiations. "If I have discussed with Hamilton, [it's because] I have had discussions with him for the last 20 years -- I have discussed things almost every single weekend with Hamilton," Vasseur explained, highlighting their long-standing professional relationship.

Further addressing the swirling rumors, he stressed his desire to stay focused on internal matters, dismissing the suggestion that these rumors might influence Ferrari's decision-making process. "For us, it's that we agreed we'd discuss about the contracts later on, and I don't want to change because we had the rumors from someone that Lewis could come or Charles could go, or Carlos could go," Vasseur said. "We are dealing our job internally, and I will stay focused on the plan."