In a bombshell announcement that shook the Formula One world, Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, is leaving Mercedes to join Ferrari for the 2025 season. This historic move marks the end of an era for Hamilton and Mercedes, who together dominated the sport for much of the last decade.
Full details of the event:
Farewell to the Silver Arrows: Despite signing a two-year contract extension with Mercedes last year, Lewis Hamilton exercised a release clause, citing a desire for a new challenge. He emphasized his gratitude to the team, particularly Toto Wolff, and vowed to finish his final season with “a high.”
The Prancing Horse Awaits: Ferrari, F1’s most iconic team, welcomes Hamilton with open arms. Having not won a driver’s title since 2007, they hope he can end their drought and claim his record-breaking eighth championship. Hamilton also has the chance to become the first driver since 1957 to win titles with three different teams.
Rumors to Reality: Whispers of a Lewis Hamilton-Ferrari union have swirled for years, but Thursday’s news caught everyone by surprise, even Mercedes. Sources claim Ferrari chairman John Elkann, a long-time Hamilton admirer, spearheaded the pursuit, even after the driver’s Mercedes extension.
Partnership with Leclerc: Leclerc, Ferrari’s young star, recently extended his contract until 2026. While known for his qualifying prowess, doubts linger about his championship potential due to past mistakes. The pairing of these two talented drivers adds a layer of intrigue to the upcoming season.
Mercedes on the Move: Wolff remains confident about the future despite Hamilton’s departure. The team’s identity moving forward is a hot topic, with Alex Albon, Carlos Sainz, and even Daniel Ricciardo being potential replacements. Mercedes junior driver Andrea Kimi Antonelli is another name to watch, although a 2025 debut might be premature.
Sainz Finds New Ground: Following this announcement, Sainz confirmed his departure from Ferrari at the end of the season. Audi’s upcoming F1 project in 2026 is a likely landing spot, although a surprise return to Mercedes isn’t entirely out of the picture.
A Season of Anticipation: With this major driver switch, the 2024 season promises to be even more captivating. All eyes will be on how Lewis Hamilton fares with Ferrari, how Mercedes adapts to his absence, and who fills the coveted vacant seat. Buckle up, F1 fans, the ride is just getting started!
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