Driver Lewis Hamilton, 39, is leaving Mercedes and his destination will be Ferrari. The information comes from British broadcaster Sky Sports, responsible for Formula 1 broadcasting rights, and was released this Thursday (1st). The Englishman is expected to form a partnership with Monegasque Charles Leclerc in the Italian team from the 2025 season onwards. The BBC website, also from England, confirmed the news and said that the official announcement will be made in a few hours.
In August last year, Hamilton had renewed his contract with Mercedes for one season, with the option to extend it for another season and would end at the end of 2025. The announcement of the contract was made amid rumors of possible interest from the Maranello team. in signing the seven-time world champion. He even admitted that he had “casual conversations” with the Italians, that he was not ready for a move towards Italy. If the transfer is completed, the Briton will have to waive this clause in the agreement with the Germans.
Last week, Ferrari confirmed the renewal of its contract with Leclerc in a multi-year agreement, which according to the Italian press, will be valid until 2029, but with an exit clause linked to performance after the third year. The situation of the team’s other driver, Carlos Sainz, was not revealed. If Hamilton’s arrival is confirmed, he would take the Spaniard’s place.
Hamilton has been at Mercedes since 2013 when he left Mclaren, where he began his F1 career. With the German team, he won six drivers’ and eight constructors’ world titles.
Formula 1 will return to the tracks between February 21st and 23rd, with collective pre-season tests at the Sakhir circuit, in Bahrain. The stage will be the same as the opening of the 2024 World Cup scheduled for the following week, between February 29th and March 2nd.