In the last few hours, a huge rumour emerged in terms of F1 drivers market which, if confirmed later in the year, could prove to be a real bombshell.
In fact, according to a recent report from Sky Sport UK it would seem that Lewis Hamilton could leave Mercedes at the end of the year if the car does not prove to be competitive at least in the second part of the championship. According to the British media, the seven-time Formula 1 world champion could then join Scuderia Ferrari. The seat which would open up in the Maranello team, again according to some rumors, would be that of Charles Leclerc.
Lewis Hamilton – Charles Leclerc: a possible swap?
According to what was also reported by the sports section of British newspaper Daily Express, journalist Lazenby said that at the end of the 2023 F1 season, Lewis Hamiltom could really look for a new destination, with a lot of focus on the Maranello team if Mercedes does not return to the top.
“I think if anyone deserves the opportunity to be in the best car on the grid to beat Max Verstappen, it’s Lewis Hamilton. In my opinion, however, he will never join Red Bull alongside the Dutchman. He could, however, land at Ferrari. It is everyone’s dream to drive for the Italian team” – he explained.
“In the past, Lewis has been approached several times by the Prancing Horse team, and he has also revealed that he would like to drive for the Maranello-based team. If Ferrari were to overtake the German team in the standings, I wouldn’t rule him out.” – the report added.
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Also according to Sky UK, a valid alternative for Lewis Hamilton if he were to leave Toto Wolff’s side would be the team led by new team boss Frederic Vasseur. There would seem to be a Lewis Hamilton – Charles Leclerc swap on the horizon for next year, also considering that the 38-year-old still doesn’t have a contract signed for the 2024. On the other hand, the Monegasque’s current contract with the Maranello team is available until the end of the following season, but Charles is justifiably becoming increasingly frustrated with Ferrari’s reliability issues that during the last two years have affected his car most of the times. For now, it’s all speculation, but we’ll see what happens in the coming months. However, if this is only the beginning of the season so a fiery transfer market awaits us.
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