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Lewis Hamilton is determined to start a new chapter in his Formula 1 career by joining Ferrari.
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Lewis Hamilton is determined to start a new chapter in his Formula 1 career by joining Ferrari.

The upcoming season marks a new opportunity for Lewis Hamilton as he has chosen to join Ferrari, a decision he considers to be the most difficult one of his career.

The British driver also verified that he only reached a decision at the beginning of this year, despite already being contracted with Mercedes.

Hamilton was speaking at length publicly for the first time since on 1 February he announced he would switch to Ferrari in 2025. The seven-time champion was in Bahrain for testing with Mercedes in what will be his last season at the team with whom he has won six drivers’ titles.

Last August, Hamilton and Mercedes signed a new two-year contract. However, it has recently been revealed that both sides had the option to extend for a second year, but after talking with Ferrari, Hamilton decided to use his exit clause.

During his time in Bahrain, he acknowledged that he was fully dedicated to staying with Mercedes until the end of the season. He stated, “We made the decision in the summer and at that point, I saw my future with Mercedes.”

However, an opportunity presented itself in the beginning of the year and I made the choice to pursue it. I believe it was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made.

This month, the individual, who is 39 years old, shared on social media that it had been their childhood aspiration to be a driver for Ferrari.

He has been a part of the Mercedes team since 2013. Prior to that, he had the support of Mercedes as McLaren’s engine supplier since he was 13 years old.

Between 2014 and 2020, he achieved unprecedented success with them, tying Michael Schumacher’s record of seven championships.

Hamilton admitted to having a strong connection with Mercedes, but stated that he believes it is now appropriate to part ways. He expressed gratitude for their support and reflected on the amazing journey they have shared, making history in the sport, which he takes great pride in.

In the end, I am expressing my own narrative and I sensed it was the right moment to begin a fresh section.

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In the last two seasons, Mercedes has faced difficulties due to flaws in their car design, causing them to fall behind the dominant Red Bull team.

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Since the 2021 Saudi Arabian GP, Hamilton has not achieved a race victory and last season marked the first time since 2011 that Mercedes did not win a single race. This year, they have introduced a completely new car concept, but Red Bull appears to be in dominating form once again in Bahrain.

Despite the circumstances, Hamilton was determined to fulfill his commitment with Mercedes by putting in his maximum effort. He expressed that this journey is not over yet and he remains completely devoted to achieving success for the team. Finishing strong is a major objective for him and he has complete confidence in his team and their accomplishments thus far. He also hopes that they can somehow narrow the gap between them and the Red Bulls.

On the last day of pre-season testing, which was once again disrupted by a loose drain cover at turn 11, Red Bull ended with a strong performance that bodes well for the upcoming season in Bahrain on March 2nd.

On the first day, Max Verstappen was one second faster than all other racers, and Sergio Pérez came in second place on the second day while using harder tires. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, who topped the charts, used softer tires.

On the last day, Charles Leclerc led the way for Ferrari with Verstappen trailing by four-tenths in fourth place. However, he was the only driver among the top six to use the harder tires once again.

George Russell came in second place for Mercedes, only four-hundredths of a second behind Leclerc, while using the softer tires. However, it should be noted that there are many unknown factors, such as fuel levels and testing plans, and the teams will not reveal their full potential until qualifying next Friday. Nevertheless, Red Bull has once again proven to be a strong contender and is currently favored to win.

Leclerc, who is currently with Ferrari, has expressed greater satisfaction with the car compared to last year. McLaren also seems to have maintained their speed from the end of 2023 into the current season. Mercedes has set a high standard with their new design, giving hope that they may also catch up to Red Bull.

Source: theguardian.com