Lewis Hamilton will leave Mercedes for Ferrari in 2025.

06 February 2024 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

Lewis Hamilton dropped a real bombshell in the Formula 1 industry this week when he announced that he would leave the Mercedes team at the end of the 2024 season to join Ferrari.

 

Sir Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton is now regarded as the greatest driver in Formula 1 history. He holds 7 world titles, just like Michael Schumacher. It was with Mclaren that the British driver made his Formula 1 debut in 2007. Needless to say, he quickly made his mark. It took him only two years to claim his first world title.

 

Hamilton made the switch to Mercedes in 2013 and eventually won the World Championship in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, it was his teammate Nico Rosberg who claimed the title. However, Hamilton dominated in the four years that followed to reach the milestone of seven world titles.

 

The 2021 season was more challenging for Hamilton with Max Verstappen and Red Bull's dominance. Many still believe that it was the British driver who should have won that year as he was disadvantaged by an accident in the final race.

 

Why Ferrari?

 

The Ferrari team has had difficult years over the last decade. Nevertheless, it has improved significantly, and its cars have proved to be very competitive in 2023. I believe this is why the driver chose the Italian team. He couldn't have gone to Red Bull anyway. Thus, Ferrari is the only other team capable of providing him with a competitive enough car to win an 8th world title.

 

Thanks to the Netflix series "Drive To Survive" and the addition of many North American events to its calendar, Formula 1 has seen a significant increase in popularity on the new continent. So, it can be said that the news had a real shockwave effect, even reaching the local media. It must be said that it is quite unusual for a driver to make such an announcement at this time of the year. Normally, this is the kind of information we learn towards the middle or end of the season. Finally, Lewis Hamilton is not just any driver. Let's hope this strategy proves fruitful for him and that he can finally clinch his 8th world title.

 

Jean-Sébastien Poudrier