At first, it all looked like the turbulent waters of cucumber season. This morning, social media started buzzing about Lewis Hamilton’s move to Ferrari. However, there have been countless such ducks in recent years, no one paid extra attention to it. However, when the possible transfer was discussed more and more intensively during the day, even die-hard fans became more alert.

And finally… it’s true! Mercedes summoned its staff this afternoon to inform them of Lewis Hamilton’s departure. At eight in the evening, the stable officially announced this information on its social networks. Just a few minutes later, Ferrari joined in, confirming the engagement of the British racer. Hamilton will become Charles Leclerc’s partner from the 2025 season, so he will have his last year at Mercedes.

At that time, Hamilton will be forty years old. He completed his debut season in 2007 and fought for the championship right up to the last race. Today he is among the most successful racers of all time, he even surpassed the legendary Michael Schumacher in many records. He has 103 victories, 197 podium positions and a total of seven championship titles in 332 starts.

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Alongside George Russell, Hamilton will spend his last season this year. The younger Brit will remain in Mercedes.

From the 2023 season, French manager Frédéric Vasseur, who had worked at Alfa Romeo until then, became the boss of Italian Ferrari. This is quite important information, as Vasseur once bossed Hamilton in the lower GP2 category (today Formula 2, a championship for young talents placed just a little below F1). Could their former partnership play a part in the shocking transfer bombshell of the decade? Who knows…

It is very likely that Hamilton will derail the transfer roster with his decision. Carlos Sainz, who has been linked to a move to Audi for some time now, is left without a seat (after all, his father won this year’s Dakar in this brand’s special). And to make matters worse, two days ago, pilot Sebastian Vettel published a mysterious post on his Instagram, announcing “preparation for the next season” in a Red Bull suit.

Get your popcorn ready, folks. The next few months are going to be quite a ride in F1! This year’s season will start on the first weekend of March in Bahrain.