Three times Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton claims that title contender rival Sebastian Vettel does not prefer to be his team mate. “I know Seb doesn’t want to be my team-mate,” said Hamilton at F1 back in action at this weekend’s Belgian GP. Vettel has yet to sign an extension on his Ferrari contract, which expires at the end of the season, while Mercedes are yet to confirm that Valtteri Bottas will remain Hamilton’s team-mate next year.
Earlier, there were speculations that Hamilton could join Ferrari, but Hamilton does not see himself and Vettel being in the same team in the future. “I think it’s highly unlikely that [Seb] will be here,” said Hamilton. “I don’t think he wants to be my team-mate.”
Hamilton in the past has quite repeatedly stressed that he would never seek preferential status over a team-mate and, without specifically referencing Kimi Raikkonen’s dutiful reluctance to challenge Vettel in last month’s Hungarian GP before the summer break, made a point of stressing the equality of his union with Valtteri Bottas.
“I’m always game to race whoever it is,” he said. “The team is in a very, very good union. The last race shows just how good the team is. It works [with Valtteri] so I don’t think any of the bosses or any individual in the team is unhappy with what is currently in place so I find it hard to believe they would change that. I know Seb doesn’t want to be my team-mate. He wouldn’t be in the position he is now in his team, in terms of how the team operates, if he was here.”
Ferrari has confirmed to retain Raikkonen for 1028. The announcement was made ahead of the weekend’s Belgian GP, however, no mention was made about Vettel’s future with Ferrari.