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Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Pierre Gasly of Alpine at drivers parade before the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Monza, Italy on September 3, 2023.

Gasly: ‘No surprises’ to Hamilton joining Ferrari as talks were ‘kept secret’

Hamilton shocked the world of Formula 1, announcing tht he would leave Mercedes at the end of 2024 to join Ferrari in 2025

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Alpine driver Pierre Gasly was not surprised with Lewis Hamilton’s move to Ferrari, as talks were “kept secret”.

Pierre Gasly of France team Alpine driving the (10) F1 A523 Renault on track during the sprint leads Lewis Hamilton of United Kingdom driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team on track during the sprint F1 Grand Prix of Belgium, at Circuit Spa-Francorchamps, on 29 Juli 2023 In Spa, Belgium.
Gasly talks to Hamilton quite often off-track (Image Credit: Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Gasly revealed that Hamilton’s shock move to Ferrari did not catch him off guard. The French driver is good friends with Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc and is often in contact with Hamilton.

Hamilton to Ferrari had been bubbling

Gasly spoke on the topic during Alpine’s 2024 car launch at its Enstone factory. The Frenchman revealed that the potential of the seven-time world champion going to Ferrari had been bubbling for some time.

“Obviously, he’s been a long time with Mercedes, but I was aware of some talks with Ferrari,” said Gasly.

“Ultimately, he’s towards the end of his career. So it was either now or never.”

The Alpine driver believes that Hamilton’s talks with Ferrari had been kept secret for a while:

“I think it was kept secret for quite a long time. I just wish him the best. Obviously, it’s sort of exciting with the driver market, and all of you guys come with it, which is normal.”

Gasly believes that the move will bring more eyes to the sport, following Hamilton to see how he gets on with the Maranello team.

Hamilton has not had a great spell with the Silver Arrows since the new regulations in 2022. The 39-year-old failed to win a race in 2022 and 2023.

Therefore, a new challenge was what Hamilton decided to do – just like he did switching from McLaren to Mercedes in 2013.

SPA, BELGIUM - JULY 29: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Alpine F1 A523 Renault leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W14 in the Pitlane during the Sprint Shootout ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on July 29, 2023 in Spa, Belgium.
Gasly emphasises that his full focus is still on Alpine (Image Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Driver market wide open for 2025

Hamilton leaving Mercedes opens up a seat at the Brackley team for 2025. Lots of speculation has gone around, debating who could replace the seven-time world champion as George Russell’s teammate.

The Frenchman admitted that a lot of movement is likely to happen in the driver market for the 2025 season. However, the 28-year-old says that it won’t distract him with his performances for Alpine.

“The approach coming into every single weekend is the same,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter whether there are seats for grabs or not.

“You’ve got to be smart in the way you race. You’ve got to be aggressive, which you are all the time. But knowing what’s for grabs and maximising the chances you get, that doesn’t really change.”

He added: “I think my goal in F1 has always been clear. I want to fight at the front. That’s why I came to Alpine a year and a half ago – because I want to be fighting for top positions.

“So, it hasn’t changed my approach to Formula 1. I just turned 28. Basically, at my prime. I know I have some good years ahead of me, so it hasn’t changed anything on my side.”

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