Bernie Ecclestone believes Lewis Hamilton should stick with Mercedes rather than sign for Ferrari when his current contract runs out at the end of this season.

The 35-year-old Mercedes driver can have his pick of the Formula One teams but Ecclestone has warned him off choosing the Italian manufacturer.

Hamilton had been due to start his bid for a seventh F1 world title in Australia this weekend before the first race of the season was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Indeed, there is a strong possibility that the 2020 campaign may not get the green light to begin until early June.

Ecclestone believes Hamilton would be better served staying with what he knows at Mercedes rather than move to Ferrari if he decides to continue his F1 career.

Former F1 supremo Ecclestone told the Daily Mail: "If I were Lewis I would stay with Mercedes.

"He is comfortable there. He is in charge. he's got the guy who turns the lights on and off supporting him (team principal Toto Wolff).

"It wouldn't work at Ferrari for him." 

Ferrari's current driver line-up is four-time champion Sebastian Vettel and Charles LeClerc. Like Hamilton at Mercedes, Vettel's deal with the Prancing Horse expires at the end of the current year.