Lewis Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes runs out at the end of the 2020 season.
Lewis Hamilton is at least thinking about the prospect of leaving Mercedes to join Ferrari in 2021, according to Jacques Villeneuve.
Hamilton has long toyed with the idea of joining Ferrari, although his comments have often been brushed off as negotiations tactics.
But rumours suggesting he could leave Mercedes after his contract ends at the end of the 2020 season continue to swirl around.
Most drivers on the grid have made no commitments for the 2021 season yet, with more questions being asked about Sebastian Vettel’s future.
The German has often been overshadowed by Charles Leclerc, driving in his debut season for Ferrari.
If Vettel was to leave Ferrari after next season, it would open up the potential of a major switch with Hamilton.
And Villeneuve, who won the 1997 F1 championship, believes the British racing driver will certainly be thinking about the possibility.
“Lewis wants all the records and then winning with Ferrari would be the final step,” Villeneuve told Sky Sports in Italy.
“I reckon he is thinking about it.”
However, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has already suggested Hamilton will likely see out the remainder of his F1 career with the Silver Arrows.
“I think that this Ferrari thing has maybe been blown out of proportion,” he said last month.
“Lewis has a clear opinion on where he sees himself in future, and we are, and have always been, very loyal to our drivers.
“In 2021, everything is different, but ultimately the cars’ performance is what counts most for the top guys.
“These discussions have slowly but surely started.”
Hamilton clinched his sixth world title at the US Grand Prix last weekend, moving him one behind Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.