Jenson Button has revealed that he nearly passed through the golden gates of Maranello at the end of the 2012 F1 season, with contracts even drawn up between the Briton and Ferrari at the time.
The 2009 F1 world champion was heading into his third season with McLaren in 2012 when talks took place with the Scuderia about a possible move to the Italian outfit for 2013 and a potential drive alongside Fernando Alonso.
"Every driver would love to race for Ferrari at some point," Button told Motorsport News. "There’s just something about that team.
"Even this year  it’s tough for them and tough for motorsport fans to see them where they are, but maybe they needed this to come back stronger.
"But I would love to have raced for Ferrari and there was a good possibility sort of eight years ago but it just didn’t materialise at the end.
"Pretty much contracts were ready to go and it almost happened, but for many different reasons it didn't and, to be fair, I was probably better off where I was anyway at McLaren."
Button eventually prolonged his spell at McLaren and remained with the Woking based outfit until the end of 2016, hopping back onboard for a one-off at Monaco in 2017.
However, there were no wins for the Briton after his final Grand Prix triumph with McLaren at the Brazilian GP at the end of 2012.
As for Ferrari, the House of Maranello collected two wins in 2013 thanks to Alonso who went on to finish runner-up in the championship that year to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.