Amidst the media frenzy surrounding his stunning switch from Mercedes to Ferrari at year's end, Lewis Hamilton has resorted to social media to clarify the situation. The seven-time world champion openly stated that he has the intention of driving for Ferrari, despite years of intense rivalry with the Maranello squad. With his new contract with Mercedes signed last summer, Hamilton was set to remain with the team until 2025. Yet, he has lately taken advantage of a release clause in his contract, which permits him to leave one year early and sign a multi-year deal with Ferrari. His present team principal, Toto Wolff, along with fans and paddock personalities, were all caught unawares by this abrupt decision, which shook up the motorsport community. The upcoming season of Formula 1 is already filled with excitement and anticipation, but Hamilton's move has changed the game dramatically.
Writing on Instagram, "After an incredible 11 years at Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team, the time has come for me to start a new chapter in my life and I will be joining Scuderia Ferrari in 2025.
“I feel incredibly fortunate, after achieving things with Mercedes that I could only have dreamed of as a kid, that I now have the chance to fulfil another childhood dream. Driving in Ferrari red.
“Mercedes has been a huge part of my life since I was 13 years old, so this decision has been the hardest I’ve ever had to make. I’m incredibly proud of all that we’ve achieved together and I’m very grateful for the hard work and dedication of everyone I have worked with over the years and of course Toto, for his friendship, guidance and leadership. Together we have won titles, broken records and become the most successful Driver-Team partnership in F1 history. And of course, I cannot forget Niki who was a huge supporter and who I still miss every day."
Hamilton added: "Thank you to all of you who have been on this journey with me, you have all lifted me up as I chase my dreams and I hope I can continue to make you proud. As always, sending you my love and positive energy."
The 2024 Formula One season hasn't even started yet, but it's causing quite a stir. Andretti was the main attraction before the Hamilton-Ferrari drama. The American racing family brought attention to two particular points of contention upon encountering F1's rejection.
F1: Hamilton and Mercedes
After battling through the last two seasons of Formula 1's ground-effect era, Hamilton and the Brackley team saw a drop in performance, giving Red Bull the upper hand. In response, the British driver will be joining Ferrari in 2025—a move that many saw as a watershed moment in his legendary career—before the German team even unveiled their 2024 challenger. Hamilton has put himself and Ferrari in a strong position for the forthcoming challenges and opportunities by joining forces with the legendary Italian team.
We can expect Hamilton's time at Ferrari to be another outstanding chapter in his already stellar career, which includes six of the seven championships, eighty-two wins, and seventy-eight pole positions.
With just one more season left on Hamilton's and Russell's contract with Mercedes, fans are anticipating a wild farewell season, and Hamilton's present employer has recently removed one possible replacement from consideration.