With a contract to race for Mercedes for a sixth season in 2018, possibly in a bid to snare a fifth world title, the triple champion and 57-time race winner isn’t going anywhere yet. The politics and/or musical chairs of the driver market may well preclude it and, of course, he may well walk away from the sport feeling he’s done everything he can do.
Hamilton would only be the 14th British driver to compete in a World Championship Grand Prix since the team began in 1950. He’d be adding his name to a pretty exclusive list comprising Reg Parnell, Peter Whitehead, Roy Salvadori, Mike Hawthorn, Peter Collins, Cliff Allison, Tony Brooks, John Surtees, Mike Parkes, Jonathan Williams, Derek Bell, Nigel Mansell and Eddie Irvine.
And in that time, just six of those men have recorded at least one win. If Hamilton were to join the Scuderia for 2019, it would be 20 years since a British driver most recently stood atop the podium for the Prancing Horse. Long overdue, you’ll probably agree. In chronological order, then, these are Ferrari’s British super six.
Mike Hawthorn – 3 wins
The ‘Farnham Flyer’ joined Ferrari for 1953 after impressing in five outings aboard a Cooper-Bristol during the first Formula 2-spec World Championship season in ’52. He won the French GP in just his fourth outing for the Scuderia, after holding off Juan Manuel Fangio’s Maserati at Reims, and ended the year fourth in the title race having finished every race in the top six. He went one better in 1954, winning in Spain and taking third in the points. After three lean years, in terms of wins, it all came together in ’58 when armed with the 2.4-litre V6 Dino. He secured seven podium finishes, including another win at Reims, and became Britain’s first World Champion.