Eddie Irvine, the world championship runner-up of 1999, has urged Lewis Hamilton to consider switching to Ferrari some day.

Eddie Irvine, the world championship runner-up of 1999, has urged Lewis Hamilton to consider switching to Ferrari some day.

The retired 42-year-old Ulsterman drove for the British-based Jordan team in 1995 before accepting an offer to be Michael Schumacher's Ferrari teammate.

And even though 23-year-old McLaren's Hamilton has just secured his first drivers' world title in just his second season of formula one, Irvine said driving for Ferrari should be among his future ambitions.

"He may win a couple more (titles) with McLaren and he's loyal to Ron Dennis but he's got to move to Ferrari at some point," Irvine told Virgin Media.

Part of the British media's reaction to Hamilton's championship triumph last Sunday was to predict a financial windfall for the Swiss resident -- including possibly a doubled salary ahead of 2009.

But Irvine insists that Ferrari is the place for a top grand prix star.

"Having been there, I've seen what it's like and it's a different situation to being with any other team," he said.

 

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