Lewis Hamilton’s decision to switch from Mercedes to Ferrari in 2025 took the Formula 1 paddock by surprise. Now, experts and former drivers analyze the risks and potential of the seven-time champion in this new stage of his career.
Flavio Briatore, former Renault boss, said he was surprised, but wished Hamilton and Ferrari luck. However, he highlighted the importance of a competitive car: “Not even Batman can win with a bad car”. Jarno Trulli, a former Italian F1 driver, believes that the change benefits Hamilton more than Ferrari, as he has already achieved everything at Mercedes.
Ralf Schumacher, brother of the legendary Michael, sees the Briton’s move to Ferrari as a positive bet. He highlights the role of current team boss Fred Vasseur, and believes that Lewis dreams of his eighth title. Robert Doornbos, former Red Bull driver, reinforces Ferrari’s attractiveness and the challenge of breaking the title drought since 2007.
Christijan Albers, a former Dutch driver, supports Hamilton’s decision, considering Mercedes’ stagnation. Regarding the partnership with Charles Leclerc, he believes that both will be able to adapt. He also sees Lewis’ arrival as a boost to Ferrari’s confidence and motivation.
For Carlos Sainz, the Ferrari seat will be taken by a ‘giant like Hamilton’. According to Jarno Trulli, the Spaniard will accept the situation and find a good career path. The experts’ main bets place Sainz at Audi from 2026, or alongside George Russell at Mercedes. However, Albers rules out both options, suggesting he would not be ideal for the German team.
With so many opinions and speculations, the 2025 season promises to be full of emotions. Will Lewis Hamilton be able to repeat his feats, now at Ferrari? Time will tell if the seven-time champion’s audacity will be rewarded or if this will be a huge leap into the void.
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