June 15, 2024

Lewis Hamilton says emotional farewell to Mercedes

British driver will race for Ferrari from 2025

Following the surprise announcement of his departure from Mercedes at the end of the season, English driver Sir Lewis Hamilton posted a poignant farewell to the team where he spent the past 11 years, winning seven drivers’ championship titles.

In his message, Hamilton noted that his decision was strongly influenced by his intention to incorporate a new challenge into the late stage of his career, especially after having been at Mercedes for so long.

Mercedes has been a huge part of my life…so this decision has been the hardest I’ve ever had to make,” Hamilton explained in a social media post.

“The time is right to make a change and take on a new challenge. I still remember the feeling of taking a leap of faith into the unknown when I first joined Mercedes in 2013.

“I know some people didn’t understand it at the time but I was right to make the move then and it’s the feeling I have again now. I’m excited to see what I can bring to this new opportunity and what we can do together.”

Racing for Ferrari is a lifelong dream for Hamilton

Whilst Carlos Sainz will be the unlucky driver who is forced out of the Scuderia, Hamilton‘s arrival will allow the British driver to fulfil a lifelong dream to race for the Italian team.

Although, they have fallen on hard times of late, having not won a single drivers’ championship since Kimi Raikkonen narrowly beat a rookie Hamilton to the crown in 2007.

Managerial missteps have plagued the team ever since, despite the fact they work with one of the biggest budgets in motorsport.

It’s not too dissimilar a situation to when Michael Schumacher arrived into the team back in 1996 with the team then on a 17-year barren spell since Jody Scheckter won the world championship with the Italian giants.

That worked out rather well for all involved, although it did mean Ferrari handing over a lot of their race-autonomy to Schumacher. The team will likely have to do the same with Hamilton, who is desperate to win another world title.

However, this is not at all relevant until 2025, when Hamilton‘s contract with Ferrari begins, and the British icon has been eager to make clear his focus will remain on Mercedes until that time.

“Right now, I’m not thinking about 2025,” he concluded.

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