The 34-year-old Hamilton, who comes to the end of his Mercedes contract next season, will be bidding for a record-equalling seventh world title in 2020.
Meanwhile, Camilleri pointed out that Ferrari have a “long-term agreement” with Charles Leclerc, the 22-year-old driver from Monaco who joined the team in 2015 and is under contract until the 2022 season.
Leclerc is the junior driver to four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, whose contract at Ferrari ends after the 2020 season.
“We need to see both the performances, the way he adapts to the car (for the 2020 season) and his motivation for the future,” said Binotto of 32-year-old Vettel.
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“It’s not about whether he’ll make mistakes or not,” he continued, “it’s really about how he sees his future and how we see our team.” But 2021 will in any case be “too early” for one of the young drivers to move up from the Ferrari Driver Academy, the Italian said.
“It will be important to have drivers with some (Formula One) experience because the cars will be completely new,” added Binotto.
Among these is 20-year-old Mick Schumacher, son of Ferrari legend Michael, who finished 12th in his first season in Formula 2.
“We’re expecting a lot from him next year because he’ll have a season behind him and we’re pretty sure he is a good candidate for F1 in the future,” added Binotto.
“Will he be a good candidate for Ferrari? It really is to early to say.”
Speculation rose around why Ricciardo had departed the more powerful Red Bull with talks of a rift between Ricciardo and Max Verstappen and suggestions he was worried about being pushed down to the number two driver in the garage.
But the smiling Aussie refused to delve into why and instead turned his focus onto Renault and pushing the car towards the front of the grid.
But following the completion of the 2019 season, a disastrous one if looking at the numbers for Renault, Ricciardo has opened up on when he was convinced his time at Red Bull was at an end.
A nightmare unfolded during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for the team when Ricciardo crashed into the back of Verstappen and saw both drivers out of the race.
Both drivers were reprimanded for the incident, but it was the build up followed by the crash that pushed Ricciardo’s mind out the door.
“I was in the moment and you’re battling and yes it’s a teammate but you also see everyone as a competitor. Teammate or not we’re going to race hard and it is what it is,” Ricciardo said on F1’s Beyond the Grid podcast.
“We touched wheels a few times and a part of me was waiting for the team to say ‘boys, cut the s***’, but we never really got that.
“I hate when I hear on the radio guys ‘tell him to do this, he’s blocking me’. I never want to come across as a whinger.
“We pitted, I eventually passed Max and then the undercut wasn’t powerful. The overcut was more powerful because the tyres warm up.
“I pitted first and then Max had come back out in front of me, so then I was furious because I’d put all the hard work in and now he’s back in front of me.
“So now I was like surely you’re going to let me go this time because we’re going to have the same result.
“I came on the radio and did say something and my engineer just said ‘you’re racing Max’, which means no team orders you’ve got to do it again.
“I still believe, I mean I’ve let it go, I sold him the dummy so there was enough room originally on the inside and then he closed it and then we crashed.
“At the time of impact I’ll be honest I was like ‘who cares, they deserve this’. That was my honest feeling, I wasn’t sad I just lost points it was more just anger and I’ll say it now but I was like ‘f*** you guys’.
“Everyone saw it coming, I felt like then it was very 50/50 where I didn’t believe it was a 50/50. It was kind of then the days after where I was still quite bitter.”
Ricciardo was then asked if it was from that crash and his bitterness towards the team that ultimately led him to decide it was time to move on.
“Certainly the week after that yeah, I decided in my mind that I need to move on,” Ricciardo said.
“But then you go Monaco a month later and I have the highest of highs and I’m like ‘I was just emotional in Baku’. But for sure Baku was a tough one for me too move on from.”
Ricciardo joined Renault ahead of the 2019 season on a two-year deal behind the premise the team’s progress would launch him back to the world championship race more so than what he had at Red Bull.
“Five years there, yeah we won races and got podiums. But we never ever got close to fighting for a world title,” Ricciardo said.
“I never went to the last race, probably the last three races with a mathematical chance of winning.
“I felt like I gave it enough time and there wasn’t enough progress in the five years to show that we would get back to the front, I mean like winning like Mercedes are doing.
“So I felt like the ability to become more frustrated was higher in an environment which I saw was a little bit of a stalemate as opposed to Renault which was on the end and gave me a chance to clear my head as well.
“It was nothing personal to Red Bull or even the personnel, I built some amazing relationships in that team but it was just the picture as a whole seemed less appealing.”
Goddard will also run the entry at the Symmons Plains, Pukekohe, Winton and Sydney Motorsport Park rounds.
Kostecki – who made his championship debut alongside cousin Brodie in an enduro wildcard – will drive at Albert Park, Perth, Townsville, Darwin and Sandown.
The team is yet to confirm which driver will race at the season finale on the streets of Newcastle, and does not have to nominate who will be the primary driver and co-driver for the enduros until midway through the season.
Team boss Stone was delighted to give more youngsters a crack at the main game, much like he did with Hazelwood when the team stepped up full-time in 2018.
“We are thrilled to announce today a new programme to develop home grown Australian talent and keep them within Supercars, Australia’s leading motorsport category,” said Stone.
“We also see this as a major boost for the Dunlop Super2 series, helping provide a clear pathway for drivers to hone their skills then take the next step when they are ready.
“Zane and Jake are a fantastic pairing. Both hungry to succeed and eager to learn from each other and the greater team around them, including Garry.
“We congratulate Supercars for not only backing this new initiative, but for the quality framework that has been developed around it, including prize money for Super2 to further assist drivers make a career from motorsport in Australia.”
Both Goddard and Kostecki were delighted at the chance to race in the main game.
“To be given the opportunity at 20 years old, after two great seasons in Super2, to fulfil my dream of racing in main game is mind blowing,” said Goddard, who finished fourth in the 2019 Super2 standings.
“I can’t thank Matt Stone and the team at MSR enough for believing in me, plus my sponsors and my parents who have been such a strong guiding influence in my life and racing so far.”
Kostecki added: “Our wildcard entry into main game this year with [Kostecki Brothers Racing] really opened our eyes as to the commitment, resources and teamwork required to succeed in Australia’s greatest motorsport category.
“I believe this programme gives me the best possible chance to develop the racecraft I need to ultimately step into a full-time main game seat.
“I can’t wait to get stuck into working with MSR and get to the track to cut some laps. Between Zane and I, we will be splitting the championship up, but we both will be working towards the same goal which is to get solid results and learn as much as we can.”