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Bernie Ecclestone: Ferrari would sign Verstappen ahead of Lewis Hamilton

Former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has said he believes Ferrari would rather work with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen than sign six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

According to Jonathan McEvoy for the Mail on Sunday, Ecclestone said Hamilton should consider quitting the sport if he wins a seventh world crown.

Speaking from the paddock ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, the 89-year-old explained his thoughts:

“They [Mercedes] might think we have won seven world championships — which they will have done by the end of next year — so why stay?

“If I were Lewis I’d think, ‘I’ve won another title’, and I’d stop. If Charles Leclerc stays at Ferrari, I’d put money on him to win against Lewis. He’s not necessarily better but he is established in the team.

“Ferrari is a strange place to work. Lewis doesn’t speak Italian. They might gang up on him—or fall in love with him—but I don’t think he would do as good a job for himself or the sport as he is doing with Mercedes.”

Source – Bleacher Report

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