Earthquake in F1: Lewis Hamilton leaves Mercedes and joins Ferrari!

It's about to rise a new down in the history of Formula 1

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Earthquake in F1: Lewis Hamilton leaves Mercedes and joins Ferrari!
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Lewis Hamilton will leave Mercedes to race for Ferrari, from 2025! A sensational news, which has been confirmed in the last few hours and which is destined to go down in the history of Formula 1.

Exactly seven days after the announcement of the multi-year renewal of Charles Leclerc's contract, the Scuderia of Maranello will be able to count on the 7-time world champion British driver next year in place of Carlos Sainz. Sainz's contract expires at the end of the World Championship which kicks off in just over a month with the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday 2 March.

BBC said that although both Ferrari and Mercedes declined to comment, the rumor should be taken so seriously that a Mercedes technical meeting is scheduled for this afternoon at which Toto Wolff is expected to make the announcement of Lewis' transfer in Ferrari in 2025 to team up with Leclerc.

David Croft of Sky Sport UK said: "Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari! I always thought it would happen one day and it finally seems to be arriving, in 2025. An earthquake move just like when Hamilton signed for Mercedes and as then I don't see any prospects negative. But, wow, undoubtedly the biggest coup in the market, on the day the soccer market closes."

Autosport has anticipated that the agreement between Hamilton and Ferrari is in the home stretch and will be signed in the next few hours. Lewis is currently tied to Mercedes by a contract that extends until 2025 but for next year it would only be an option with a release clause. What convinced him to accept Ferrari would be the long lack of victories and the better competitiveness prospects of Ferrari compared to Mercedes.

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Furthermore, the Briton would be enticed by the possibility of being able to surpass Michael Schumacher's record (7 titles like Hamilton) in the very car that made the German's career legendary.

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Just a few weeks ago, Leclerc said that he would like to have Hamilton as a teammate.

"If I say yes, I imagine it's the headline in every newspaper. Lewis is an incredible driver, he's achieved so much in the sport, so I think anyone on the grid would love to have Lewis as a teammate, as everyone would learn a lot from him. But once again, I'm happy where I am, and there's a great relationship with Carlos Sainz too."

After six seasons at McLaren, Hamilton moved to Mercedes, with which he then won six of his seven F1 World titles, in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. In his career, Hamilton took part in 332 Grands Prix.

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