While waiting to see Lewis Hamilton in Ferrari, many have shared their thoughts on what has been called the deal of the century. A colossal operation, masterfully carried out by the John Elkann – Fred Vasseur duo, will enable the Prancing Horse to have an unprecedented pair of drivers. The last time a British driver piloted a red car was in 1990 with Nigel Mansell, even though the British lion didn’t bring particularly brilliant results.
Nigel Mansell’s comment:
“People say Lewis is now too old,” begins the Englishman in an interview with the BBC. “At 39? No. I won my championship at 39, and I could have continued, but politics came into play. Lewis, if he’s motivated, has several years, if not many. I think it’s just fantastic.”
The British lion is the perfect example of how one can still be perfectly capable of fighting for the title even at an advanced (sporting) age. Fernando Alonso, at the ripe age of 42, demonstrated in 2023 that he could easily compete with today’s “kids” with a competitive car.
The same goes for Lewis Hamilton, who, despite a W14 significantly inferior to the RB19, often found himself on the podium last year, finishing third in the driver’s championship, only behind the two unreachable Red Bulls.
The current dominator of Formula 1 has only one name, Max Verstappen. At just 26, the Dutch driver has already won three titles, and everything suggests that the fourth seal could arrive this year.
However, according to Nigel Mansell, both Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari can challenge him: “Lewis can do it, but I’m sure Max will do everything to stop him. I’m also sure that Ferrari will do everything next year to beat him. I think we have an exciting Formula 1 season ahead, and it certainly seems that in 2025, we’ll have an exciting one.” – he pointed out.
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With the expected move to Ferrari in 2025, Hamilton will do everything to end his multi-decade adventure with Mercedes on a high note, allowing him to become, alongside Michael Schumacher, the most decorated driver of all time.