Formula One: Lewis Hamilton could switch to Ferrari for 2025 season: Reports

AFP , Thursday 1 Feb 2024

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton could make a surprise switch to Ferrari for the 2025 Formula One season, according to several reports on Thursday.

FILE - Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has been linked with a shock move from Mercedes to Ferrari next year. Photo: AP


The Italian team want the 39-year-old Briton to partner current driver Charles Leclerc, according to the BBC, Sky, Autosport, Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport and other media.

It would be a surprise move given that Hamilton has signed a two-year contract with his current team Mercedes for the 2024 and 2025 seasons, but the deal reportedly contains a clause allowing him to leave after one season.

Hamilton won the last of his world titles in 2020 but lost the 2021 championship in controversial fashion to Max Verstappen, 13 years his junior.

The Dutch Red Bull driver has dominated ever since, while Hamilton finished sixth in the drivers' standings in 2022 and third in 2023.

Ferrari, who have admitted they held discussions with Hamilton in 2019 about joining them in the future, declined to comment on the reports they were negotiating a switch for the 2025 season.

A Ferrari spokesman said: "We do not comment on rumours."

Mercedes did not reply when contacted by AFP.

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