Ferrari haven’t produced a Components One World Champion since
Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, however their hopes of returning to prominence simply acquired
an enormous shot within the arm.
According to ESPN, Lewis Hamilton — the motive force with probably the most F1 wins in historical past — is about to change groups from Mercedes to Ferrari in 2025. The seven-time F1 World Champion signed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes in 2023, however it seems the second yr of his deal had an opt-out clause.
Whereas Mercedes and Ferrari executives declined to remark when approached by ESPN, the outlet reported that “the deal is nearly as good as completed” and the transfer will see Hamilton changing Carlos Sainz in a Ferrari seat beginning with the 2025 season.
Through the years, the 39-year-old Hamilton has been in lots of championship battles with Ferrari’s drivers, notably in opposition to the likes of Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. As such, it is going to be reasonably unusual for F1 followers to see the Briton representing the Crimson Prancing Horse throughout the house stretch of his illustrious profession. It was beforehand believed that Hamilton would end his profession with Mercedes, the constructor that helped him win six of his seven titles.
ESPN added that Ferrari boss John Elkann has been decided to land an enormous title for the Italian workforce, particularly after yet another season that saw Red Bull Racing (RBR) dominate proceedings. Though Ferrari made appreciable strides throughout the 2022 season to complete second within the constructors’ standings, they took a step again final yr, ending with solely 406 factors as in comparison with RBR’s 860.
Hamilton will proceed to characterize Mercedes in the upcoming 2024 Formula One season, which will get underway with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March
2. He’ll as soon as once more be paired alongside George Russell, who completed eighth
within the drivers’ standings final season. Hamilton completed third behind champion Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.