Lewis Hamilton reveals Ferrari move had been ‘a childhood dream’ in personal statement following the last few ‘crazy days’

Despite having signed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton abruptly dropped the news of his move to Maranello as he took up a new offer at Ferrari at 39 years of age.

Lewis Hamilton reveals Ferrari move had been ‘a childhood dream’ in personal statement following the last few ‘crazy days’

Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari (via X)

Recently, Lewis Hamilton‘s switch to Ferrari has been the biggest news in the Formula 1 town. The current Mercedes racer had signed a two-year contract extension with the Silver Arrows despite several pundits claiming he should retire since he is already 39 years of age. But the Briton silenced all those speculations by announcing an extension to his stay at Mercedes back in 2023.

However, Hamilton has decided to activate the exit clause in his latest Mercedes contract to go to Ferrari, leaving his teammate George Russell behind. The 7-time World Champion has changed teams only once in the 18 years that he has spent as a driver in Formula 1. In 2014, he had entered Mercedes after spending 6 successful seasons with McLaren which had yielded his first World Championship.

Now, Lewis Hamilton will be seen leaving his Mercedes overalls to pick up the legendary Ferrari reds. And for that, he has given a detailed statement explaining his thoughts about the change he will soon have to adjust to, in 2025.

It’s been a crazy few days which have been filled with a whole range of emotions. I feel incredibly fortunate, after achieving things with Mercedes that I could only have dreamed of as a kid, that I now have the chance to fulfil another childhood dream. Driving in Ferrari red. Mercedes has been a huge part of my life since I was 13 years old, so this decision has been the hardest I’ve ever had to make.
Lewis Hamilton said, via X.

Lewis Hamilton’s decision to go to Ferrari after 11 years at Mercedes might have been due to winless seasons

The F1 world has been blowing up ever since a few news outlets came up with reports claiming an imminent transfer would happen involving one of the most famous racers on the track. And then, the social media channels exploded with various sources revealing that it was Lewis Hamilton who would finally be shifting from Mercedes after spending 11 years with the German manufacturers.

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton (Via: Imago)

Ever since his 2014 contract with the Silver Arrows, Lewis Hamilton jumped on board Mercedes’ ship and together, the driver-team partnership saw the heights of success in Formula 1. Since the 2014 turbo hybrid regulations were announced in the pinnacle of motorsports, Mercedes were able to build several World Championship-worthy cars year and year to help Lewis get six World Drivers’ titles. And the team also gathered eight back-to-back F1 Constructors’ titles during this era.

But Lewis Hamilton’s performance saw a decline ever since the Formula 1 world had a change in the existing rules. In the last two years, the Briton, who holds the record for highest number of Grand Prix victories (104), could not win a single race. And perhaps, because of the stagnant nature of his professional growth at Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton decided to pick up the Ferrari red overalls and drive for the Scuderia instead.

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