Hamilton Considers Ferrari Move Following "Lying Saga"
As reported by British newspaper The Daily Mail, it seems that Hamilton Snr.'s first choice for a new outfit would be Ferrari, a team known to benefit from a far more uncompromising image and good relationship with the FIA than McLaren.
“'Hamilton Snr is understood to be pondering whether to turn his back on McLaren, the team who supported Lewis through the ranks at an estimated cost of £5million, and switch to rivals less prone to shooting themselves in the foot. The biggest stumbling block to engineering an escape route concerns where to place Lewis,” reported the aforementioned publication.
“Ferrari are favorites, if he can wriggle out of his five-year contract worth £75m, but they are currently as slow as McLaren. He is into his second year of the deal but various get-out clauses could cut his stay short,” added the report. Such a clause would mean that McLaren is bringing Hamilton into disrepute over the lying saga.
Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport also revealed rumors about a potential Hamilton move to the Scuderia starting 2010. The Italian publication argued that Hamilton has had enough of McLaren's scandals – spy-gate in 2007, internal conflict with Fernando Alonso, several on-track penalties last year and finally the fact that he is now seen as a “liar” by the majority of the media – and that the only thing keeping him at Woking is his current deal (to expire in 2013).
The Italian source also revealed that Hamilton is still in doubt over coming to Ferrari, as former teammate Alonso is believed to have signed a pre-agreement with the Maranello team. Should that be the case, his chances of driving for the prancing horse in the near future would be close to zero.