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Perez: ‘There will be some interesting dynamics’ regarding Hamilton’s switch to Ferrari

Perez believes Hamilton's switch to Ferrari for 2025 will be an "interesting watch" from an outsider's perspective

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Red Bull driver Sergio Perez has suggested that Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton’s switch to Ferrari will be an interesting dynamic to watch in 2025. However, the Mexican also claimed ‘jealousy’ between teams would have been a driving force in the seven-time world champion’s Scuderia switch.

Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W14...
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 05: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W14 during the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 05, 2023 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)
Perez: “Interesting to watch from the outside”

Mercedes confirmed in the new year that Hamilton would be switching from the Brackley-based team to Ferrari in 2025, ending a 12-season partnership with the German outfit as the Brit looked for a new challenge.

The Stevenage-born driver, who won six of his seven titles with Mercedes, took Team Principal Toto Wolff by surprise with the decision to make the swap. However, the Austrian admitted that if a driver no longer wishes to drive for the team, “there is little remedy for it”.

Now, this sudden switch to a rival team has led Perez to take an outsider’s look at the transfer, and he was left questioning how the dynamics of the switch with both teams will work as they both attempt to withhold data and plans from each other.

The former McLaren driver suggested that the jealousy between the teams and their attempts to withhold information from each other will make the “dynamics” of 2024 interesting to watch.

Speaking to Racing News 365, Perez said:

“Interesting, but more than that, I think the dynamics, it’s going to be interesting to watch from the outside.

“Having a driver that is moving teams, we all know how jealous the teams are on sharing information, because, obviously, Lewis has been there [Mercedes] for many years, and he will be taking a lot of knowledge to another team.

“So again, there will be some interesting dynamics to watch from the outside.”

Perez is confident about his future

It may not just be Hamilton taking part in a switch-up of the grid as Perez’s contract is set to run out at the end of the season; the Mexican, too, might find himself elsewhere in 2025.

There are 13 drivers out of contract heading to 2025, meaning there is potential for the six-time race winner to leave without a seat or potentially be ousted from Red Bull as the swarm of Red Bull academy drivers and the Visa Cash App RB pairing all wait in the wings to take over his seat.

The 34-year-old confirmed that he believes the contract situation and where he is driving next year “will take care of itself”.

“To be honest, when you’ve been for so long in this business, you know how it operates,” Perez added, in regard to his future with Red Bull.

“I’m just a lot less bothered about it, I just want to make sure that I’m able to enjoy it, first of all, have a lot of fun and have that motivation, and the rest will take care of itself.”

 

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