February 1, 2024 2:28 pm
Lewis Hamilton surprised everyone with an unexpected move to Ferrari, which should only take place in 2025, but which will leave Mercedes with an open seat. The announcement made today internally to Mercedes employees at the team’s factory said that Hamilton will make the switch to Ferrari at the end of 2024, aiming to win his eighth Formula 1 title.
According to Sky Sports journalist Craig Slater, Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc’s recent contracts were strategically planned around this change. According to Slater, Ferrari had been working behind the scenes to secure Hamilton for months, with Ferrari CEO John Elkann being the main driver of this arrival.
Frederic Vasseur, Ferrari boss, would have no objection to this move, as he worked with Hamilton in the past at the ART team. By renewing Leclerc’s contract in advance, Ferrari not only ensured the Monegasque’s stay, but also prevented him from filling his position at Mercedes. With Leclerc’s multi-year contract with Ferrari, Mercedes is unable to sign him as a replacement for the Briton.
With the recent renewal of Lando Norris’ contract with McLaren, a question may arise as to whether the British team would also be aware of Hamilton’s imminent transfer to the Scuderia, as pointed out by Slater. Therefore, Norris also cannot transfer to Mercedes to replace the seven-time champion.
Download our official app to Android It is iPhone and receive notifications of the latest news.
This website is unofficial and is not associated in any way with the Formula 1 companies. F1, FORMULA ONE, FORMULA 1, FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, GRAND PRIX and related marks are trade marks of Formula One Licensing BV