Lewis Hamilton has confirmed his departure from the Mercedes Formula One team, where he spent more than a decade, and has officially signed with Ferrari for the 2025 season. This shocking move, just three weeks before the start of the 2024 campaign, has set the stage for intense speculation about who will fill Hamilton’s seat at Mercedes.
Hamilton’s tenure with Mercedes spanned over ten years, during which he secured seven Formula One world championships, with six of them coming under the Silver Arrows banner. However, the team faced challenges in keeping up with Red Bull’s performance, leading to Hamilton’s decision to make a significant change for the 2025 season.
In preparation for the upcoming season, Hamilton has made adjustments to his support team, bringing back Marc Hynes. Additionally, Ferrari has appointed British driver Ollie Bearman as their reserve driver for the year.
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Toto Wolff, the team principal of Mercedes, hinted at the team’s approach to replacing Lewis Hamilton after his departure for Ferrari. Wolff emphasized that Mercedes would make a “bold” move in selecting a new driver to partner with George Russell in the upcoming season. The departure of the seven-time F1 world champion leaves Wolff in the position of finding a suitable replacement after their successful 11-year collaboration. While specific names were not disclosed, potential candidates like Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris, Alex Albon, and Fernando Alonso have been linked to the vacant seat.
Reacting to the unexpected news of Lewis Hamilton’s departure, George Russell expressed his sentiments about the “special” time spent racing alongside the legendary driver. Russell, who joined Mercedes from Williams in 2022, acknowledged the significance of racing alongside Hamilton and is preparing for their final season together at Mercedes. Hamilton’s move to Ferrari for the 2025 season marks the end of a 12-year association with Mercedes, during which he clinched six drivers’ titles. Russell, who secured his first F1 win in his debut season with the Silver Arrows, will now look ahead to the upcoming challenges and changes within the team.
The dynamic shift in the F1 landscape with Hamilton’s move to Ferrari has ignited discussions about the future lineup for both Mercedes and Ferrari. The upcoming season promises to be a pivotal one, not only for the drivers but also for the teams as they navigate through significant changes in their rosters and strategies. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.