Lewis Hamilton to leave Mercedes, join Ferrari in multi-year deal

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In a surprising turn of events, seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has announced that he will be leaving Mercedes at the end of the current season to join Ferrari in a multi-year deal. Both teams have confirmed this major shake-up in the world of Formula One.

Mercedes released a statement announcing Hamilton’s departure, citing that he had “activated a release option in his contract.” This news was swiftly followed by an announcement from Ferrari, confirming Hamilton’s signing and revealing that he had agreed to a multi-year contract with the iconic Italian team.

Hamilton’s move to Ferrari has sent shock waves through the Formula One community, reminiscent of the impact caused by his switch from McLaren to Mercedes in 2013. During his time with Mercedes, Hamilton has been a dominant force in the sport, winning six of his seven world titles with the team and matching the record set by former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher.

Ferrari has been pursuing Hamilton for years, and their persistence has finally paid off with this signing. Previous attempts to lure Hamilton to Ferrari had been unsuccessful, as he believed Mercedes offered him a better chance of success.

In their official announcement, Ferrari stated, “Scuderia Ferrari is pleased to announce that Lewis Hamilton will be joining the team in 2025, on a multi-year contract.” Hamilton will be partnering with Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari lineup for the 2025 season, as current Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz has announced his departure from the team at the end of the 2024 season.

Hamilton’s move to Ferrari marks a significant shift in the dynamics of Formula One and sets the stage for an exciting new chapter in his illustrious career.

(Source: ESPN | BBC | The Athletic)

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