MADRID, Aug 3, 2011 (AFP) - McLaren's Lewis Hamilton refused to rule out a future move to Ferrari, saying in an interview published Wednesday that he had no plans to join the team "but you never know what could happen in the future".
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has said the team could look to sign the 26-year-old Briton, who won the world title in 2008, despite already having Spain's Fernando Alonso locked into a long-term deal.
Hamilton and Alonso had a troubled relationship at McLaren in 2007, with the pair bickering openly over who was the British team's number one driver.
Asked by Spanish sports daily AS if he would like to drive for Ferrari one day, Hamilton said: "At the moment I don't have any plans to do so; it is not something I desire or feel that I have to do."
"But we are talking about a fantastic team and you never know what could happen in the future," he added.
Hamilton said that he had learned how to become a better driver during his time with double world champion Alonso at McLaren.
"Alonso is a very, very fast pilot, incredibly fast, with extraordinary talent and incredible speed. You know that he will always give his best," he said.
"I learned a lot with him as a pilot, I improved my driving thanks to having him as a companion."
Alonso is signed until the end of 2016 while teammate Felipe Massa's deal runs until the end.
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