Lewis Hamilton will be a Ferrari driver from the 2025 season, triggering a clause that releases him from his contract renewed with Mercedes last August. But the seven-time champion won’t be the only one to carry the expertise of his multiple world titles to Maranello; he joins a select group made up of Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost and even ex-Mercedes Juan Manuel Fangio of multi-champions who migrated to the biggest winner in F1 history.
Of the five, only Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher managed to win; the former, like Hamilton, also left Mercedes to join the Maranello team.
Still, the balance is positive: all the multi-champions who arrived at Ferrari came to fight for titles and victories and fulfilled, at least, most of their expectations. In total, there are six World Cups and a surprising 105 victories out of the 243 won by the Italian.
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Sebastian Vettel (2015-2020) – Four titles
With no space at RBR, which made him four-time champion, the German followed in the footsteps of his idol Michael Schumacher in 2015. He ended two years of Ferrari’s winless streak, taking the Malaysian GP in his debut season, and gaining prominence in 2016 with the Nico Rosberg’s retirement. But their five victories were not enough for more than two runner-up finishes.
Vettel’s time at Ferrari was marked by ups and downs: clashes with champion Hamilton, Max Verstappen and even his colleague Kimi Raikkonen in the 2017 Azerbaijan, Singapore and Mexican GPs, the year in which the Briton from Mercedes came out on top; a collision in the 2018 German GP that led to the World Championship, and a round in Italy, a race won by Hamilton.
The next two years were not easy either; the four-time champion was unable to face the strength and youth of newcomer Charles Leclerc. He won only once, in Singapore, and was replaced in 2021 by Carlos Sainz.
Balance: Two runners-up (2017 and 2018), 14 victories, 12 pole positions and 55 podiums in 118 GPs.
Juan Manuel Fangio (1956) – Three titles
Mercedes’ first idol already had three titles when he decided to join Ferrari in 1956, six years after F1 was created. The Argentine, however, did not get along with Commander Enzo Ferrari; he threatened to leave the team and had to have a mechanic assigned exclusively to his car, as he was at Mercedes, in order to convince him.
Still, the partnership paid off on the tracks: out of eight races, the team won five. Fangio competed for the title with Stirling Moss and, in the final race, the Italian GP, he suffered a breakdown; However, his colleague Peter Collins gave him the car and he secured the championship with second place. The now four-time champion decided to move to Maserati the following year.
Balance: One title, three victories, six pole positions and seven podiums in seven GPs contested.
Alain Prost (1990-1991) – Three titles
Three-time champion with McLaren in 1985, 1986 and 1989, the Frenchman decided to leave the British team for arch-rival and colleague Ayrton Senna and signed with Ferrari; To win the hearts of the tifosi, the team’s passionate fans, Prost even threw his 1989 victory trophy to the audience at the Italian GP, at the Monza Circuit.
But the partnership failed: in the first year, Professor was second-place for a good part of the championship and collided with Senna in the penultimate stage of the year, at the Japanese GP, when he needed victory and also triumph in Australia to get his hands on the cup. . With the abandonment of both, the Brazilian won the World Cup.
The following year the scenario was even more discouraging and, for the first time since his F1 debut in 1980, Prost did not win a single race. He ended up being fired after calling his own car a “truck” and was replaced in the last race by Gianni Morbidelli.
Balance: One runner-up, five wins and 14 podiums in 30 GPs.
Michael Schumacher (1996-2006) – Two titles
It is impossible to remember the Italian team and not remember the German who left Benetton, home of his first two championships, to join Ferrari. In one of the most successful partnerships between driver and team, the German took a while to get going – he even suffered disqualification in 1997 for deliberately hitting rival Jacques Villeneuve.
But the new millennium brought new air to Maranello and, from 2000 onwards, Schumacher racked up five World Cups. The team had not produced a championship driver since Jody Scheckter in 1979; before, it took the constructors’ title in 1999, ending a 16-year drought.
Even though he lost to Renault’s young Alonso in his last two years with the team, in 2005 and 2006, the German remained a protagonist in F1 and rivaled the Spaniard, taking second place in 2006. Schumi is still Ferrari’s most successful driver and who drove the team’s red car the most, in 180 GPs; besides him, only Kimi Raikkonen, with 151 appearances.
Balance: Five titles, 72 victories, 58 pole positions and 116 podiums in 180 GPs.
Fernando Alonso (2010-2014) – Two titles
After coming and going for McLaren and Renault, the Spaniard returned to fighting for the title as soon as he set foot in Maranello: he was runner-up to Sebastian Vettel in 2010, winning four times, including on his debut in Bahrain. The dispute even included a team order for colleague Felipe Massa at the German GP. However, the title went to the German from RBR in the last race, in Abu Dhabi.
In the 2011 season, Alonso was only fourth in the World Championship, but his performance earned him a five-year contract extension, until 2016. And he returned with full force in 2012, when he lost the title to Vettel by just three points. In 2013, another runner-up in his final year with victories in Maranello – specifically in the European GP.
The season that ushered in the era of hybrid engines in F1, 2014 saw Ferrari fall short of the evolution of the newest champion Mercedes, and Alonso decided to return to McLaren.
Balance: Three runner-up finishes, 11 victories, four pole positions and 44 podiums in 96 GPs.
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