According to a rumour in the Italian press, Fernando Alonso might not be the only current McLaren driver to be seriously courted by other teams in the near future.
The Italian newspaper Tuttosport claims that Ferrari team principal Jean Todt is keen to woo championship leader, rookie and Ron Dennis-protege Lewis Hamilton — with the promise of a (US) $35 million per year contract.
The newspaper said 22-year-old Hamilton could become the “genuine successor” to Michael Schumacher, after “neither Massa nor Raikkonen applied the talent” that the retired seven time world champion did.
Tuttosport added that Hamilton is “talented, focused, fast, victorious and hungry”.
Todt, however, dismissed the rumour as “untrue speculation” before leaving the Hungaroring on Sunday.