Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of making a remarkable switch from Mercedes to Ferrari in 2025. The seven-time world champion, holding the record for the most Formula 1 victories, reportedly extended his contract with Mercedes for two years last year, but it seems the second year might have been an optional provision.
Mercedes and Ferrari, although refraining from official statements, appear to have virtually confirmed the agreement. Should the transition occur, Hamilton would replace Carlos Sainz, the present Spanish driver for Ferrari, presenting him with a chance to break Ferrari’s title dry spell and solidify his status as Formula 1’s most accomplished champion, tied with Ferrari icon Michael Schumacher at seven titles.
If Hamilton achieves this, he’ll mark a milestone as the first driver since 1957, when Juan Manuel Fangio accomplished the same by winning championships with three different teams. Despite frequent associations with Ferrari, the 39-year-old driver appears destined to retire with Mercedes.
Before signing his Mercedes extension last season, Hamilton refuted rumors of joining the Italian team, but recent months have seen an uptick in talks, allegedly driven by Ferrari chairman John Elkann’s strong desire for a notable acquisition.
Leaving Mercedes after joining in 2013, Hamilton’s departure will leave a notable gap, as he clinched six drivers championships with the team, building on his 2008 title with McLaren. Under his leadership, Mercedes accomplished an unmatched streak of eight constructors championships from 2014 to 2021.