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Priestley opens up on talk of Hamilton move to Ferrari
- Updated: November 3, 2017
Despite popular suggestion that Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will join Ferrari before he quits Formula One, this will definitely not happen, according to Marc Priestley, who was a mechanic at McLaren when the 2017 champion first entered the sport a decade ago.
Hamilton sealed his fourth Formula One title following a ninth position finish at the Mexican Grand Prix last weekend.
With 12 months left to run on his current deal with Mercedes, the team he’s now won three drivers’ championships with, there is every chance that he will extend this deal for a year at least.
While the British driver has spoken in the past about being interested in featuring for Ferrari before his days on the track come to an end, Priestley has now questioned why Hamilton would leave Mercedes at all.
“I think he’ll walk away from Formula 1 at the end of his Mercedes career,” he explained to Sky Sports.
“I think he’s got music, he’s got fashion, there is so much going on in Lewis’ world that I think once he’s done he’ll walk away.
“If he only ends up with a year or two left of his racing career, is it worth going to a Ferrari that you don’t know is going to deliver a championship? Do you fizzle out in a Ferrari or do you go out on top in a Merc?”
The penultimate race of the 2017 F1 season takes place at Brazil’s Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on Sunday November 12.
The campaign draws to a close at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday November 26.