Hamilton breaks silence and speaks: dream of driving for Ferrari

Hamilton breaks silence and speaks: dream of driving for Ferrari
Hamilton breaks silence and speaks: dream of driving for Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton made his first long public statement since his move to Ferrari for the 2025 Formula 1 season was announced on Thursday.

After being briefly mentioned in Mercedes’ press release, Hamilton made a post on social media this Saturday to give a broader, more personal insight into his decision and the thought process behind it.

After years of competing against the Maranello team, the seven-time world champion made it clear that driving for Ferrari was a long-standing ambition. “They were crazy days, filled with a range of emotions,” he wrote. “But as everyone now knows, after 11 incredible years at Mercedes, the time has come to start a new chapter in my life and I will join Ferrari in 2025.”

“I feel incredibly lucky, after achieving things with Mercedes that I could only have dreamed of as a child, to now have the chance to fulfill another childhood dream. Driving the red Ferrari.”

Hamilton emphasized how difficult it was to decide to leave a company he has been associated with since his karting days when he was still supported by the McLaren team. “Mercedes has been a big part of my life since I was 13 years old. So this decision was the hardest I’ve ever had to make.”

“I’m incredibly proud of everything we’ve achieved together and I’m so grateful for the hard work and dedication of everyone I’ve worked with over the years and, of course, Toto [Wolff]for his friendship, guidance and leadership.”

“Together, we won titles, broke records and became the most successful driver/team partnership in F1 history. And, of course, I can’t forget Niki [Lauda]who was a great supporter and who I still miss every day.”

“I also need to say a huge thank you to the entire board of directors at Mercedes-Benz and everyone at the company in Germany and around the world for supporting me during these 26 years. But the time is right to make a change and take on a new challenge.”

Hamilton compared the current circumstances to September 2012, when he surprised the F1 world by signing with Mercedes and ending his relationship with McLaren.

“I still remember the feeling of taking a leap of faith into the unknown when I joined Mercedes in 2013,” he noted. “I know some people didn’t understand at the time, but I was right to make the change and that’s the feeling I have again now. I’m excited to see what I can bring to this new opportunity and what we can do together.”

“However, at this point I am not thinking about 2025. My focus is on next season and getting back on track with Mercedes. I am more motivated than ever, fitter and more focused than ever and I want to help Mercedes to win once again. I am 100% committed to the work I need to do and determined to end my partnership with the team on a high.”

“Thank you to everyone who has been on this journey with me, you have all supported me as I chased my dreams and I hope I can continue to make you proud. As always, I send you my love and positive energy.”

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