But the 35-year-old appeared to end talk of a switch on Monday when he said his future remains with British-based Mercedes.

“There is no dream of another team. I am with my dream team,” Hamilton said on Instagram.

“There’s not a thing in my way, as I’m not trying to move. I’m with the people who have cared from day one.”

Hamilton, who added that Mercedes were “the best team”, will have been aware that any opportunity to join Ferrari would be quashed if reports that Sebastian Vettel is moving towards a new contract are confirmed.

Four-time world champion Vettel, like Hamilton, is out of contract at the end of the season, while the German’s team-mate Charles Leclerc has a contract with the Italian team until the end of 2024.

Vettel last week said he had made it clear he wanted to stay at Ferrari beyond the end of this season.

“Whatever the deal will be like, it is whatever I and the team will be comfortable with. In terms of duration, normally the contracts I had in the past were all a three-year deal,” Vettel said.

Hamilton’s future is being debated while Formula One waits to start the 2020 season, delayed by the coronavirus.

The first nine races were postponed or cancelled because of the pandemic.



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