The signature of the multiple champion with the Maranello team seems imminent. We are following step by step the day that should bring Lewis to Maranello.
MERCEDES MEETING, TOTO WOLFF CONFIRMS — According to the rumors filtering from Sky Sports UK, Toto Wolff would have communicated to the Mercedes staff the choice of the 7-time World Champion to move to Maranello starting from 2025. The meeting would have lasted about 10 minutes; according to reports from the English media, the Hamilton-Ferrari agreement is done, and only the official announcement is pending.
FLAVIO BRIATORE TO LAPRESSE — Flavio Briatore, former team manager of Benetton and Renault, commented on Hamilton’s move to Ferrari: “I am very surprised by Hamilton’s move to Ferrari; he must have had his reasons. The only thing to say is best wishes to Ferrari and the English driver. Why am I surprised? I believe he informed the team in these days; Mercedes has done a lot for him. We will get used to this reality.” Regarding Maranello’s choice, the Italian manager did not express a strong opinion: “Do I agree with the choice? I don’t know. First of all, you have to fix the car; you can have ‘Batman’ in the team, but if the car is not competitive, the driver can’t make the difference. It is crucial that the car works.”
DAMON HILL’S WORDS ON SKY SPORTS UK —
These are the words of Damon Hill, Formula 1 World Champion in 1996 with Williams, on Sky Sports UK: “If Hamilton thought he had a chance to win the championship at Mercedes, he would have stayed. He probably thinks that Ferrari is the best team for his final years of his career, to try to win an eighth title. And if he doesn’t succeed, at least he tried, driving an iconic car like the Ferrari. Lewis has a driver’s instincts to understand where the wind is blowing. He might have sensed something similar to when he left McLaren for Mercedes.”
THE NEWS IN VARIOUS LANGUAGES — German: “Noch bevor die Formel 1 Anfang März in die neue Saison startet, gibt es den ersten großen Paukenschlag. Lewis Hamilton steht vor einem Wechsel zu Ferrari!”. Portuguese: “BOMBA NA F1! Lewis Hamilton indo para a Ferrari”. Turkish: “Lewis Hamilton, 2025 yılında Ferrari’de yarışacak”.
LECLERC’S PROPHECY – Not long ago, Charles Leclerc was asked if he would like to have Hamilton as a teammate. The answer was prophetic. “If I say yes, I guess it’s the headline of every newspaper. Lewis is an incredible driver, he has achieved so much in this sport, so I think anyone on the grid would love to have Lewis as a teammate since everyone would learn a lot from him. But again, I’m happy where I am, and there is also a great relationship with Carlos Sainz.”
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THE WAIT — After the first rumors, we now await the official announcement from Maranello.
SKY UK’S VOICE – David Croft, the iconic voice of Formula One on Sky Sport UK, commented on Hamilton’s move to the Scuderia: “Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari! I always thought it would happen one day, and finally, it seems to be coming, in 2025. A seismic move, just like when Hamilton signed for Mercedes, and like then, I see no negative aspects. But, wow, undoubtedly the biggest market move on the day football closes.”
HAMILTON TO FERRARI — It’s the news of the day, the week, the year, and even the decade in Formula One. Lewis Hamilton is now a step away from signing with Ferrari. A sensational twist, bringing the multiple champion to drive for the world’s most famous team, the Prancing Horse.