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BREAKING: Hamilton to join Ferrari in 2025

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In a shock move, Lewis Hamilton will leave Mercedes to drive for Ferrari in 2025. 

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Second placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes talks with Third placed Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari in parc ferme after the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of United States at Circuit of The Americas on October 21, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Despite Hamilton signing a multi-year contract with Mercedes for 2024 and 2025 last year, recent developments suggest that the second season might have been merely an option. This potentially grants Hamilton an escape clause, allowing him to join Ferrari from the year 2025 onwards.

Amidst two challenging seasons for Mercedes, Ferrari appears to be on the verge of persuading Hamilton that it presents a more promising path for the future. Both Ferrari and Mercedes have refrained from providing comments on the current situation.

Why did Hamilton decide to move teams?

Hamilton’s potential move to Maranello has been a recurring topic, often emerging during negotiations for new deals with Mercedes. Speculation surrounding these links coincided strategically with contract discussions, perhaps as a helpful tactic for bolstering Hamilton’s bargaining position. These rumours often revolved around vague details, such as casual meetings with Ferrari president John Elkann, providing a subtle leverage in the negotiation dynamics.

Having been associated with the Silver Arrows since 2013, Hamilton and the team have clinched six drivers’ and eight constructors’ titles together. However, the 2022 ground-effects rules overhaul posed a significant challenge, leading to a stumble for the team.

The contract Hamilton signed last year appeared to be a two-year deal – although it could also be a 1+1 contract, ensuring that Hamilton can now take this step.

What happens to Carlos Sainz?

Ferrari CEO John Elkann has never hidden his admiration for Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Hamilton has now signed with Ferrari speaks for the progress made under new team principal Fred Vasseur.

The potential move fits in well with the contract status of current Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz. His existing contract expires at the end of this season, and he has expressed a desire to have his future resolved before the start of next season.

Contract negotiations with Sainz have dragged on as the driver expected more from his contract. Was this really the reason for the delays?

Ferrari and Mercedes have refused to comment on the matter, but the official confirmation is set for later today.

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