Mercedes F1 fans were gutted when the shocking news was confirmed this week that Lewis Hamilton would be leaving the team for greener pastures come 2025 after the end of the season. The seven-time Formula One world champion is expected to join the competition Ferrari at the end of the season in what is considered a multi-year deal.
Both F1 teams confirmed on their socials about the news even though some fans were happy about it while others felt sad to see him go. Immediately after Mercedes announced that the Briton would be leaving the team at the end of the current season, Ferrari swiftly followed with a statement confirming his signing on Thursday.
In the statement, Ferrari confirmed that Lewis Hamilton had agreed to a multi-year contract after he had “activated a release option in his contract”. The 39-year-old will be racing for Mercedes for the last time after this season before moving on to another F1 team in 2025.
“Scuderia Ferrari is pleased to announce that Lewis Hamilton will be joining the team in 2025, on a multi-year contract,” the record F1 champions said.
Hamilton’s decision to switch to Ferrari has sent shock waves through the F1 community, just like how his move from McLaren to Mercedes back in 2013 came with a bombshell. This shouldn’t come as a surprise given the recent performance of the driver and the team including the fact Ferrari has been dying to sign the Britsh driver for years now though all the previous offers were rejected.
From 2014 to 2020, Hamilton dominated the F1 championship, winning several races with the Mercedes team that saw him grab six of his seven world titles – matching the record that had only been set by former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher.