Lewis Hamilton will make an outstanding move from Mercedes to Ferrari in 2025, it has been confirmed. The official announcement was released this week after Hamilton recently signed a two-year contract last summer with Mercedes.
The £100m deal stated he would stay with the team until the end of 2025, however, as part of the deal, he is eligible to leave Mercedes at the end of the year. It is expected that he will replace Ferrari’s – Carlos Sainz. Sainz’s contract with Ferrari is due to expire at the end of 2024.
In May 2023, Hamilton told ESPN he would be “lying” if he said he had “never thought about ending my career anywhere else.”
Toto Wolff told news outlets how he found out about the move, he said “When we re-signed the contract with Lewis, we opted for shorter term.
“So, the events are not a surprise, [but] maybe the timing.” The move will end a remarkable partnership with Hamilton winning six world titles over seven years. At the end of last season, Hamilton was confident that Mercedes would be able to recover from two difficult seasons and challenge Red Bull.
He told BBC sport and other selected news outlets at the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi: “I do believe we have a North Star now. Which I don’t think we’ve had for two years now.
“But still getting there is not a straight line.
“I think we understand the car so much better. They have developed great tools in the background. So naturally, I’m hopeful, but I’m not going to hold my breath.”
Ferrari have also struggled in the past few seasons, with Mercedes and Ferrari both locked in a battle for second in the constructors’ championship last season, which Mercedes won though Ferrari had the faster car by the end of the season.
Hamilton’s move will blow up the F1 driver market. Mercedes will look for Hamilton’s replacement at the end of the season. None of the top recognised drivers will be available to join the Mercedes team, other than Fernando Alonso, whose Aston Martin contract expires this season.
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