Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has reportedly spoken about his desire to end his Formula One career at Ferrari, Sportsmail claimed.

The triple world champion, who will be a free agent once his Mercedes contract expires at the end of next season, has reportedly confided this dream to friends in the last couple of months.

Although there is no evidence of any talks taking place between the driver and Ferrari, his comments have certainly added spice to the driver market ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix. It has even been rumoured that Sebastian Vettel may switch allegiances to Mercedes. At least that is the suggestion of Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

Horner said, “I would think Seb’s got Toto in his ear trying to say extend for just a year (beyond the end of this season), and then he’s probably got Ferrari saying it’s three years or nothing.”

Hamilton, 32, has shown a penchant to making such moves in the past. While at McLaren, he marched into Red Bull’s paddock hospitality area in Montreal in 2011 — in full view of everyone there — to ask Horner for a move to his then dominant team.

It is understood that the British driver has connections at Ferrari, having visited their Maranello headquarters to collect road cars over the years.

He was even pictured in Los Angeles last year driving a £1million, 200mph LaFerrari in traditional scarlet livery, if that counts for something.

Meanwhile, Hamilton was handed a boost on Friday after his teammate Valtteri Bottas, winner of last week’s race in Austria, was handed a five-place grid penalty for a change of gearbox.

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