The seven-time world champion moved from Mercedes to Ferrari on the verge of shock

Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time Formula 1 world champion, is set to make a shock switch to Ferrari from Mercedes. While official confirmation is awaited on whether or not a deal has been signed, several reports, including one carried by the BBC, suggest that the two sides are in advanced negotiations that could be concluded by the weekend.

For context, Ferrrai has long been interested in roping in the service of the Brit, but Lewis Hamilton has rejected each of the previous attempts based on his judgment that Mercedes would be better suited to his success. However, with Mercedes having had a few seasons where they weren't at their best, it seems that Ferrari helped convince Hamilton that joining them could be a better deal for him in the long run.

Lewis Hamilton signed a multi-year contract with Mercedes in 2023

Meanwhile, it should be noted that while Hamilton has signed a multi-year deal with Mercedes that will see him stay with the team until at least 2025, it is now being reported that 2025 was an opt-out clause. This suggests that Hamilton has an escape clause, meaning that if he does indeed sign with Ferrari, he will not be able to join them until 2025 at the earliest.

Neither Ferrari nor Mercedes have yet issued an official statement on what could mean a massive development in Formula 1. But if Hamilton does indeed agree to a new deal with Ferrari, it is certain to be for Mercedes, who have had extensive discussions with Hamilton to convince him. , to put pen to paper on a contract extension. On the other hand, they should be tasked with identifying a replacement for a racer of Hamilton's stature and legacy, a monumental task in itself.

Ferdinand Medina

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