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I don't see Hamilton going to Ferrari.
MB is more than a great car. They are a solid team from the factory to strategy to pit stops
Ferrari, to me, still have some serious amateur parts of their organization and I think Red Bull is going to eclipse them next season now that Honda has finally figured out the F1 platform.
Hamilton is too smart to go to a sub par team. He jumped from McLaren into MB at the exact perfect time.
 

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I don't see Hamilton going to Ferrari.
MB is more than a great car. They are a solid team from the factory to strategy to pit stops
Ferrari, to me, still have some serious amateur parts of their organization and I think Red Bull is going to eclipse them next season now that Honda has finally figured out the F1 platform.
Hamilton is too smart to go to a sub par team. He jumped from McLaren into MB at the exact perfect time.
100%.

He won’t equal or beat Schumacher’s record, racing with this Ferrari team.
Reliability issues, inconsistent pit stops, reluctance to support their drivers, strategy pulled out of a hat, inability to figure out the tires (or even to measure fuel!), and not having psychotherapists like Bono onboard, are all valid reasons against that happening. Ferrari cannot even clothe Binotto properly (c’mon, Mattia, either wear something that isn’t so scrotum-hugging, or close your legs during seated post race interviews. We so don’t need to see that!).

If Lewis wants a 7th (or 8th) title, he’ll stick with Mercedes. He might think this is a clever way to increase his already monumental wage, or maybe he believes that Ferrari is stupid enough to share their deepest secrets in order to woo him. But if he does, he ain’t that bright!
 

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The logical approach is not the way one approaches dreams of Italy and Ferrari. "I should stay at Mercedes," mulls Hamilton, as he climbs his way out of his custom, Vader black La Ferrari. "I'm safe here."

Meanwhile, back at Mercedes, a place bigger and more legendary than any single driver, zee Germans are analytical about the future, and zee plan is to add Verstappen.

I give Seb a lifetime of credits for dreaming of doing something amazing at Ferrari, and walking in his hero's footsteps -- walking into an organization and trying to be more than a hero on track... trying to be an absolute legend.

Hamilton is best to stay with Mercedes for a tidy career with a big win count and the big, safe, strong arms of Mercedes around him. Although it will forever lend doubt to his ultimate potential to bring life to a team, rather than a team giving him life, well, it is definitely the safe choice. Be safe, Lewis.

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Ferrari has the perfect symbol
A horse.
You can lead one to water, but that does not mean it will drink.
And thats where they are currently at, and IMHO not a place a winning driver would want to downgrade to.
 

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Ferrari is "Ferrari" period (.). What does that mean? Well whatever anyone wants it to mean (to themselves).

The Prancing Horse was the vision of a man and the heritage of a country. It has reflected this for many decades and to some (like Alfa to Alfisti and Porsche to Porschefiles, etc) it will continue....for a while longer. However, in the advent of 0-60 2.9 second trucks and electrification all the marques will have to battle to identify their "status" and "position" to the new world. Exciting and yet sad.

My friend just recently showed me his new Mercedes AMG GT 4 door....you can guess that his 'other' car is not a Merc ;-). EVEN if the daily Merc is faster lol.

Mr. Hamilton can choose to be safe....or jump to Red Bull or...... (the car that shall remain nameless). But....imagine for a moment... if he did make the jump and win another championship? It would definitely shut up a lot of the F1 crowd (me included) on his 'true capabilities' in relation to the rest of the field.

My .02 cents :)

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There is no guarantee that Mercedes will stay on top. F1 typically has periods where one manufacturer will dominate for a while (3-4 years) and then the tide changes with the rules. Hamilton will likely be smart and keep all options open.

However, he runs the risk of ending up like Alonso where he's too old to be attracted by a top team and only has the option for a development team. Bottas isn't that young either so Mercedes will have to start making sure they have some succession plans.
 

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There is no guarantee that Mercedes will stay on top. F1 typically has periods where one manufacturer will dominate for a while (3-4 years) and then the tide changes with the rules. Hamilton will likely be smart and keep all options open.

However, he runs the risk of ending up like Alonso where he's too old to be attracted by a top team and only has the option for a development team. Bottas isn't that young either so Mercedes will have to start making sure they have some succession plans.
Perhaps Mercedes succession plan is to let Ferrari mess up for another year or two to play out the contract for Bottas, and then scoop one of the fine young talents recently added to the sport. Or the ones just waiting in the wings in F2. For the moment, Ferrari just doesn't strike me as a team that has it together enough to catch the pendulum even if it were to swing their way.

I see we have another Canadian starting next year. In a Mercedes (powered Williams). Oh well, better to be in F1 for Williams than not in F1 for anybody else!

Meanwhile, I don't think that Lewis will be resigned to eating cat food and living off food stamps if he makes a bad decision and loses his seat. I think his reported $57 million paycheck would see me nicely through old age (and that is just one year's earnings for him, not likely including all that he gets for free from the team and for just being Lewis Hamilton!). But if he wants to equal Schumacher (and I suspect he really wants one on top of that just to be king of the hill), then Mercedes is the logical place for him.

I hope that Albon has a good agent - At $170,000, he deserves a raise! :D
 

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Meanwhile, I don't think that Lewis will be resigned to eating cat food and living off food stamps if he makes a bad decision and loses his seat.
Well no.. He's already amassed more money than most people on this planet could ever imagine. For him at this stage, it's not about monetary gain. He'll want to be in a car that can challenge for a win. However, I don't think he'll be in a Kimi or Alonso situation (in which his preferred team no longer wants him). He'll likely be more of a Schumacher where they will keep him around as long as he desires, competitive or not.
 

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The FIA is a Signatory of the World Anti-Doping Agency Code, but Formula One Management (FOM) is not. The FIA could ban an athlete if the FIA is testing in that series, but Formula One Management is not a Signatory... and FOM (via Liberty) is the one carving out deals, launching events, contracting race venues, hugging dictators, kissing oil-barren ass, bending over for royalty, etc.

FIA is about race rules, regs, blue flags, fining Ferrari, weighing cars, and making the lights go out for a run down to turn one.

Athletes not directly banned continue to compete, and if Kvyat fell into the same situation as the Russian athletes who are not directly banned, he'd compete and they'd remove the Russian flag from his name and there'd no Russian anthem for when he wins that next race.

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I don't think the performance enhancing drugs would help the fuel in an F1 car, so probably not an issue for Kyvat
 

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I don't think the performance enhancing drugs would help the fuel in an F1 car, so probably not an issue for Kyvat
This is true.

Unfortunately, regardless of whether or not PED's help him (or his car, LOL), the consequences set down in the WADA decision if RUSADA continues its no-compliance (they have another 2 weeks to provide the requested original documentation to the agency), affect for a 4-year period: Olympic Games (summer and winter), any other event organized by a Major Event Organization, and any World Championships organized or sanctioned by any Signatory (together, the Major Events).

Russian government officials / representatives, and Russian Olympic Committe memebers cannot sit on boards or committees, or even attend the Major Events.
Russia cannot host any Major Event.
Russian flags may not be flown at a Major Event.
Russian athletes can only participate if they can jump through a number of hoops including demonstrating that they are not implicated in any way with the non-compliance and have been subject to adequate testing to WADA standards.

FIA is a "Signatory". It is therefore bound by the ruling of the Executive Committee of WADA.
Formula One touts its entire series as "World Championships" in those exact words. That would suggest that it is a "Major Event".

There will be a gaggle of lawyers, each a lot smarter than I am, working on cutting a Sochi-sized loophole into that wording.
 

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"Major Event Organization" is a term affected some organizations who've adopted and are responsible for implementing anti-doping policies and rules for their events which comply with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Formula One Management is not a Major Event Organization with the World Anti-Doping Agency.

FIA does have a PED policy in place for F1. That exists exclusive of what FOM does.

Various comments still indicate a problem with understanding doping and PED's, so let's use clear examples: In endurance races and other races, drivers have been tested (some caught) for using amphetimies (i.e., meth, 'speed') and cocaine.

Even Adderal is banned in some leagues (a popular ADHD drug that can mimic speed).

F1 drivers are randomly tested, and can be banned, etc. However, events organized by Formula One Management (FOM) have nothing to do with a driver banned by the FIA, and the race can and will go on in Russia or wherever, as the World Anti-Doping Agency has no authority over FOM.
 

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Ferrari have admitted for the first time that Lewis Hamilton has discussed joining them. Ferrari's no-nonsense chief executive Louis Camilleri also scuppered any ambition rival boss Toto Wolff has of leaving Mercedes to run Formula One by stating that the Scuderia would be prepared to block such a move.

Hamilton's £40million-a-year deal with Mercedes expires at the end of next year.

And although Britain's six-time world champion refused to deny a report at the final race in Abu Dhabi that he has already met with Ferrari chairman John Elkann, Camilleri confirmed that preliminary discussions over one of the sport's biggest transfers have taken place.

"It has been made public that Lewis has had conversations with our chairman," said Camilleri in a revealing end-of-year debrief at the Italian team's Maranello headquarters.

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Until Hamilton is wearing a red fire suit and driving a red car, I won't believe him going to Ferrari.
Talking is one thing, joining the team is another.
I personally think Red Bull is the team to challenge MB in the next couple of seasons. They have had everything but the engine to challenge MB. With Honda's performance increasing significantly, that may be the final piece they need to grab another championship. Hell, Toro Rosso slaughtered all of the Ferrari customers this year due to the Honda engine.
 
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