Lewis Hamilton closes door on Ferrari switch because Mercedes F1 star does not believe 'values' are aligned

LEWIS HAMILTON will NOT drive for Ferrari in Formula One due to a clash of 'values'.

A record-equalling seven world titles have been won by the Brit, 35, in a career with motor racing giants McLaren and Mercedes.

Many fans of the Prancing Horse would love to see Hamilton wear red before he retires from F1.

But he is not invigorated about a potential move – despite being a 'Ferrari fan'.

Hamilton told GQ: "That’s not going to happen. The Ferrari thing is not going to happen… I think.

"I’ve always been positive about Ferrari. I watched Michael [Schumacher] win there. I’ve always been a Ferrari fan.

"I remember one of the first cars I ever bought was a Ferrari. And I think it’s a hugely iconic team and brand, particularly.

"I think the team has, in my period of time… There have been things I’ve seen that I don’t necessarily feel mirror my values and my approach.

"However, it is a team that every driver, I think, has dreamed of what it would be like to sit in the red cockpit.

"No disrespect to them, but when I stop I want to work with Mercedes in helping them be even better in the outside world.

"You know, they’ll always have beautiful cars, but how can we be a more diverse industry?"

Hamilton, still yet to agree a new Mercedes contract for next year, has become an even greater advocate for racial diversity in motor racing in 2020.

Regularly donning the Black Lives Matter logo around the paddock, he successfully persuaded Mercedes to adopt a black livery for the current campaign.

After capturing his seventh world crown, he sent a heartfelt message to any youngsters watching who hoped to match his inexorable rise.

He declared: "That's for all the kids out there that dream the impossible. You can do it too, man. I believe in you."

There have been calls for Hamilton to receive a knighthood in honour of his stunning career – a prospect the champ is remaining modest about.

He added: "My granddad served in the Second World War – I’ve got all his medals – and I was so proud to see Captain Sir Tom get his knighthood this year.

"I think the unsung heroes are the ones that deserve these things.

"If I’m one day honoured, I don’t think it’s something I’d say no to, but it’s not an issue for me right now."

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