Lewis Hamilton has agreed to a multi-year contract with Ferrari, meaning that he will be racing in red next season after years of rumors followed by denials.
After Hamilton allegedly went to a meeting at Mercedes’ Brackley headquarters to impart the news to the team, the announcement was made on Thursday evening, capping a dramatic day.
Lewis Hamilton has received a warning from Flavio Briatore that he might not succeed at Ferrari.
He’ll stay with Mercedes for the championship this year before moving to Ferrari, which will raise interest in the possible 2024 benefits for both teams.
With Carlos Sainz, Ferrari won the Singapore Grand Prix last season, making them the only team out of the two to win a Grand Prix. Red Bull had a rough weekend.
Due to his lacklustre campaign, Hamilton has now gone two seasons without a single victory, stretching his winning streak to 45 races—the longest such record in the history of the sport.
Hamilton has stated that he is “excited” about the “new opportunity” that lies ahead and that he is realising a “childhood dream,” regardless of whether that or the supposed ambassadorial role was the driving force behind his choice to switch from silver to red.
Regarding his decision, Briatore states that it will rely on the vehicle Ferrari enters the racecourse with.
Briatore said LaPresse, “I’m very surprised by Hamilton’s move to Ferrari; he must have had his reasons.”
I can only hope for the best for Ferrari and the British driver.
“Why am I surprised? Mercedes has done a lot for him, so I believe he has cautioned the team these days. However, they will adjust to this new situation. Hamilton’s choice, in my opinion, has truly caught them off guard.
Do I support the decision made? I’m not sure.
“It’s not like the driver can make a difference if the vehicle is not competitive, so first and foremost you have to get the car right. You may have Batman on the squad.
“The vehicle has to function.”