The story of Lewis Hamilton's possible transfer to Ferrari has been updated several times so far, but it has never been realized. At least not yet. It was thought that the Italian team could go on the offensive and try to bring Hamilton after the end of 2020 and the expiration of the British contract with Mercedes, but it did not happen.
Instead, Ferrari decided very early last year to replace Sebastian Vettel with Spanish driver Carlos Sainz, and he will, along with Charles Leclerc, form the line-up of the Maranello team during 2021 and 2022. In an interview with Sky Sports, Mattia Binotto was faced with the question of whether he regrets that Ferrari did not reach for the most trophy-winning F1 driver of all time.
"I don't think we will regret it because we made some decisions believing that they were the right decisions and today we have a fantastic driver like Charles, in whom we as Ferrari have invested a lot. I think he has great talent.
If he has a real car, I'm pretty sure he can challenge Lewis Hamilton. " "It was our choice, and I think Carlos and I are very strong. That's why I don't believe we will regret it, "said the head of the Ferrari team.
Hamilton won his seventh title last season, and if everything goes according to expectations, he should sign a new contract with Mercedes. All other teams have filled their driving lineups for ’21, only confirmation of the status of the current world champion is pending.
As for Vettel, who spent six seasons at Ferrari and achieved 14 victories, but without achieving that final goal - winning the title, Binotto believes that the time has just come to say goodbye. “I think Sebastian is a great person, a great driver, and we had some great moments together, but I think the time has come for a different decision and turnaround."
"We will have a very young driving lineup in the future, the youngest in Ferrari since 1968, but the two of them, Charles and Carlos, are very strong, very talented, and despite their youth now already quite experienced in F1.
That's why I'm very happy with the choice of driver, ”says Binotto. Mentioned in 1968, Chris Amon and Jacky Ickx brought Ferrari to fourth place in the constructors ’standings. Although Ferrari must always strive for the top, given last season's results, in 2021, the repetition of that fourth place could be considered a significant step in the right direction.