After the renewal of the Monegasque Charles Leclerc with the Ferrarimany wondered why the Scuderia has not yet extended the contract of its other pilot in Formula 1the Spanish Carlos Sainz. According to the website Formu1a.unofrom Italy, is because the team negotiates with the British Lewis Hamilton. Hours later, several important media outlets, including the Motorsport.comthey found the same thing, that the Englishman has serious conversations with the Italians.
This morning the broadcaster’s website Sky Sports stated that Hamilton will be a Ferrari driver in 2025, detailing that employees at the Mercedes factory will be notified this Thursday, the day the team itself will also make a statement. Another publication that promoted the change was BBC.
In addition to the broadcaster, the renowned and respected F1 reporter, Joe Sawardalso states that the announcement should take place this Thursday and come from the Italian side.
It is not the first time that information has emerged about conversations between the pilot of Mercedes and the team Maranellobut this time, there is a greater level of detail about the supposed negotiations between the parties.
Ferrari has long been interested in Hamilton’s services, but its proposals were once rejected because the seven-time champion felt Mercedes offered him a better route to success.
However, it now appears that, after two challenging seasons for Mercedes, Ferrari are close to convincing Hamilton that they are a better bet for the future.
Last year, Hamilton signed a multi-year contract with Mercedes for 2024 and 2025, but it now appears that a second season may have just been an option.
Both Ferrari and Mercedes refused to comment on the situation.
Future of Mercedes
If Hamilton’s move is confirmed, it will be a huge blow for Mercedes – which went through lengthy contract negotiations with him last year to secure his services this year.
Speaking shortly after the deal was reached, Hamilton was at pains to suggest that he believed Mercedes had learned the lessons from its challenging 2022/2023 seasons and could enjoy a chance to return to glory with its all-new car for this season.
Asked by Motorsport.com at last year’s Abu Dhabi GP whether he doubted getting back to the front, he said: “No, not when we were negotiating.
“I have faith that we will get there, we have been here before as a team and although we have more and more new people, we still have great values, I see a great focus in everyone.
He added: “I think for this year  They thought the fundamentals were good and we just have to go here and that wasn’t the case. That’s why I was frustrated in February because they didn’t make the changes I asked for.
“But with the changes we are making, I hope we are right and, yes, but I think we have no idea what the Red Bulls are going to do.”
It is unclear what the trigger was for a possible change of heart over Hamilton’s commitment to Mercedes, where he was expected to finish his F1 career.
Early indications from Mercedes’ wind tunnel point to the new W15 as a good step forward for the team, while the German manufacturer recently made it clear that team boss Toto Wolff and technical director James Allison have extended their contracts. .
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