Mercedes pilot Lewis Hamilton says he is pleased to be in Mercedes, despite his interest in Ferrari
Lewis Hamilton's contract at Mercedes ends at the end of this year, and where the race is uncertain in the 2019 season.
While Mercedes is expected to offer a two or three-year deal from the £ 40 million annually British pilot, Toto Wolff said Hamilton could go to Ferrari with the end of the new deal.
Hamilton said he was not ready for retirement yet, saying he was waiting for a new deal with Mercedes to be signed before Melbourne.
The British pilot now has to explain both the negotiations with Mercedes and the claims of Ferrari.
Speaking at a sponsoring event, Hamilton said, "We started negotiating with Mercedes about the new contract, but that's not my priority at the moment."
"We want to continue racing, so we will not be able to renew that deal at one point, but I will not do it if someone wants it, I will do it when I think it's ready." said.
Hamilton responded to the questions on the Ferrari issue, saying to the Italian La Repucclica: "Red is my favorite color, but I am very happy where I am."
"Loyalty is a value my father taught me: I've only changed my team twice in my career, and I'm not a man jumping from place to place." said.
Hamilton accepted that he had been offered Ferrari before and continued: "Yes, but they can not have all the drivers they want."
"I say that as a big Ferrari fan, I think it's a great team and I'm happy to compete against them."
"I do not want to retire soon or early, if I want to, I will race until age 40, but I do not think I will."
"I can stay here for another year or two, but when I start the new season two years later, can I be so excited?