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2014-06-13 08:51

IS LEWIS PONDERING A MOVE? Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton preparing to race at the 2014 Canadian GP. Image: AFP / Mark Thompson

MARANELLO, Italy - Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has been spotted visiting Ferrari's Maranello headquarters.

Reports of the Mercedes driver's visits were carried by several publications, among them Corriere dello Sport, La Gazzetta dello Sport and Autosprint, as well as Ferrari blogger Leo Turrini.

La Gazzetta insisted the 29-year-old's visit had nothing to do with the Italian F1 team - instead, that Hamilton was simply in town "to enrich his substantial collection of Ferraris" - probably the ultra-rare 'LaFerrari' supercar.


A spokesperson from La Gazzetta dello Sport said: "Obviously there will be no confirmation."

Autosprint News said: "Hamilton's visit could be a political manoeuvre by Lewis to make clear to (former F1 driver and non-excutive chairman) Niki Lauda and (Mercedes executive director) Toto Wolff that the driver's market is always open".

Ferrari declined to comment but the F1 team is having a difficult 2014 season, despite adding driver Kimi Raikkonen for 2014.

Autosprint correspondent Alberto Antonini claimed: "Raikkonen seems to have taken on the role formerly held by Felipe Massa, who also struggled to keep up with team mate Fernando Alonso. At the moment it is clear that the team has done its utmost to support Raikkonen."

Raikkonen has a contract to 2015, as does Hamilton at Mercedes. Ferrari is already hard at work on its plans for the 2015 season.

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