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Lewis Hamilton set for sensational move to Ferrari in F1 2025

Published at :February 01, 2024 at 05:31 PM
Modified at :February 01, 2024 at 05:31 PM
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Arpit Anand

In a surprising turn of events, multiple reports suggest that Lewis Hamilton is poised to join Ferrari for the 2025 Formula 1 season, replacing Carlos Sainz. This revelation comes despite Hamilton’s contract extension with Mercedes last year, which initially secured his position with the team.

On Thursday (February 1), the Italian and Spanish media circulated reports about the potential transfer of Hamilton to Ferrari in 2025.

The speculation surrounding Hamilton’s potential move to Maranello has been a recurring theme, often surfacing during negotiations with Mercedes. Unlike previous instances, the current rumours appear more credible, matching with recent contract extensions within both teams.

However, Ferrari and Mercedes have refused to comment.

While Charles Leclerc secured a contract extension with Ferrari for several more seasons, Hamilton’s Mercedes deal, initially perceived as a two-year commitment, may include an exit clause after the first season (2024). This flexibility could allow Hamilton to explore options beyond Mercedes.

Evaluating the impact on Mercedes

Mercedes, grappling with challenges following the 2022 ground-effects rules overhaul, has witnessed the return of James Allison to a hands-on role as technical director. The team’s pursuit to regain its competitive edge introduces uncertainties about the upcoming W15 challenger’s performance.

Considering Hamilton’s longstanding association with Mercedes since 2013, any potential move would mark a significant shift. The timing aligns with the ground-effects rules overhaul and a possible design reset for the W15 challenger.

With Hamilton approaching his 39th birthday, the window for pursuing his dream of driving for Ferrari is narrowing. The emotional allure of the Prancing Horse, coupled with the admiration of Ferrari president John Elkann, could be pivotal in Hamilton’s decision-making process.

Sainz’s contract situation: A catalyst for Hamilton’s shift?

The contractual situation of current Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, whose deal concludes at the end of this season, further supports the speculation. Talks regarding Sainz’s extension have been prolonged, and the potential arrival of Hamilton could reshape Ferrari’s driver lineup for the 2025 season.

While these reports suggest an imminent announcement, the dynamics of Formula 1 can always introduce unexpected twists. As the paddock awaits official statements from the involved parties, the prospect of Lewis Hamilton donning the iconic red suit at Ferrari adds an intriguing layer to the upcoming F1 season.

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