The English Lewis Hamilton is close to arrange his transfer to Ferrari, stated the website Motorsport.com. Depending on the vehicle, the seven-time world championcurrently at Mercedes, could be announced by the Italian team until the end of this weekwith a contract in force from the season 2025 of Formula 1.
Without giving further details about the conversations between Hamilton and Ferrari, the website points out that the “negotiations are advanced”. The Englishman is one of the dreams of the traditional Italian team, which has been trying to settle with the owner of seven world titles in recent years. The pilot, however, renewed its link with Mercedes last year.
According to Motorsport.com, the new contract with Mercedes would not be an impediment for the agreement between Hamilton and Ferrari. This is because the contract announced last season, which provided for an extension of the contract until 2025, would have the latter only as renewal option. In practice, the English contract could be closed at the end of 2024.
Ferrari, Mercedes and Hamilton did not manifest about the information published on the website, considered one of the references in the world of motorsport. In recent years, both the Italian team and the driver have gone public several times to deny rumors of a possible negotiation.
If the agreement is confirmed, the transfer will become one of the biggest and most rumored in the history of Formula 1not just because it involves two of the biggest teams in the categoryas well as one of the greatest pilots. Hamilton is the record holder for titles alongside German Michael Schumacher.
The deal would be surprising both because of Hamilton’s renewal with Mercedes last year and because of the Charles Leclerc’s recent new contract with Ferrari. Last week, the Italian team extended its relationship with the Monaco driver for “multiple years”, without specifying a date. His contract would expire at the end of this year.
Having Leclerc and Hamilton in the same team could generate noise and more work in the criticized management of Ferrari, the target of several criticisms in recent years for constant mistakes on and off the track. Historically, the team tends to have a pilot hierarchyunlike other teams, which let their athletes face each other on the tracks.
In a possible agreement with Ferrari, Hamilton would arrive at his new team to take the place of Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr, whose contract also ends this year. The European press has been speculating since last year about the future of the Spanish driver, who is expected to leave the team at the end of 2024.