Recently, a piece of news in the world of auto-moto sports stunned the public like never before - Lewis Hamilton is moving to Ferrari. It seems that after a perfect career, Hamilton decided to find a new challenge and set a new goal.
While many are still in shock and trying to understand how it all happened, we need to understand the gradual steps that led to this transition that will definitely have implications for Formula 1. The past few days have been stormy, from the moment this news was revealed.
Even as many Ferrari fans dreamed of Hamilton in red, the Briton argued otherwise, expressing his loyalty to Mercedes until the end and rejecting suggestions that he could leave the team. However, it soon turned out that it was just something to appease the fans.
Negotiations between Hamilton and Mercedes last year were conducted for a long time, but in the end they did not result in the desired contract for the driver. Hamilton asked for a three-year contract, but was given a one-year contract with an option to extend plus the loss of certain bonuses.
Ferrari took advantage of its opportunity and brought in a man who won as many as seven championships, like Michael Schumacher. There are several factors that led to this transition. Perhaps the key moment was when Hamilton realized that his vision of the future was not in line with Mercedes' strategy.
After signing the contract, great things were announced from the team, but after the dominance of Red Bull, Mercedes started to lose pace. This stimulated a great desire for a new challenge and winning the eighth title, which could only be achieved outside of Mercedes.
But the move to Ferrari is not only a result of sporting ambitions. The financial aspect also plays a role. Ferrari as a brand brings unimaginable visibility and income, which made this move logical and financially profitable for Hamilton.
Although the details of the contract have not been made public, it is speculated that this could be one of the most lucrative contracts in Formula 1 history.
The desire to win the eighth title was probably crucial.
Hamilton is still very ambitious, and he believes that moving to Ferrari can give him a better chance of achieving that goal. We have to admit that he didn't do much wrong here, because Mercedes fell into a slight crisis in the past two seasons.
Now comes the hardships for the German team. Mercedes now faces an adjustment period without its greatest driver. The issue of leadership within the team is becoming central, and many are wondering who will take over that role.
Ferrari will of course try to use Hamilton's fame and ability to regain its former glory. With the marketing potential of the team and drivers, this could be a successful move. This transition also causes changes when it comes to the driving team.
Carlos Sainz junior, who was in talks for a place at Ferrari, now faces an uncertain future. Although he is an underrated driver, it is hard to predict where he will end up after this turn of events. The Italian "Corriere dello Sport" reports that young driver Charles Leclerc is "shocked and disappointed" by the news of Lewis Hamilton's arrival at Ferrari.
He was also surprised by this completely unexpected news. According to information from sources in the team, Leclerc was shaken by this news, which came like a bolt from the blue, because he was not aware of the changes that were coming until the last moment.
The question is how this new dynamic will affect the team atmosphere and Leclerc's position within Ferrari. One of the key fears in Leclerc's environment is the possibility that Hamilton could receive privileged treatment as the team's first driver.
However, neither Leclerc nor his closest associates want to comment on this situation. Leclerc recently signed a contract extension with Ferrari for an indefinite period, although unofficial information appeared that the cooperation was agreed for another three seasons.
Since joining this prestigious Italian team from Sauber in 2019, Leclerc has achieved significant results, winning fourth, eighth, seventh, second and fifth place in the championship. In the current season, Leclerc will still be in tandem with Carlos Sainz, but from 2025, he will have to share the box with the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton.
This change in the driver line-up brings with it many questions and uncertainties in the future of Ferrari. Of course, the key role in all of this is Hamilton's desire for change and new challenges. We remember his decision in 2013 to leave McLaren for Mercedes, which ultimately resulted in the team's impressive dominance.
This time, he turns to Ferrari, hoping to repeat his success. We will follow the developments with impatience, as we prepare for everything that the new season brings, which should start very soon.