The one known in slang as bad weather which defines this time of year marked by rumors and pools in the Formula 1 World Championship transfer market, is about to end before the season even begins. A few days ago, Ferrari announced the renewal of Charles Leclerc’s contract, which initially expired at the end of this year, without specifying the duration of the new agreement. Shortly after, it was McLaren who locked out Lando Norris, also for several years. However, the bank made it jump this Thursday Corriere della Sera, announcing a bombshell which, if confirmed, would upset a championship in iron health. The Italian newspaper assumes the arrival of Lewis Hamilton at Ferrari for 2025, in a maneuver that would leave Carlos Sainz out of the Italian team. According to reports this Thursday morning, Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes would still be valid in two years, although there is apparently a clause which would offer an escape route for the multi-time British champion.
The alliance between Sainz and Ferrari, for its part, ends on December 31, and it is still striking that its continuity has not been made official, less than two weeks before the presentation of the SF-24, the new car red, which will take place on February 13. Even more so if we consider that the son of the double world rally champion and recent Dakar winner, was the only one capable of breaking Red Bull’s brutal streak and winning a grand prix in 2023 (Singapore). If the landing of the Stevenage corridor at the mark of The prancing horse, this would force the Madrid player to find another garage. In this sense, the interest of Audi, which is due to take control of Sauber in 2026, becomes relevant, although, obviously, there are other vacancies to take into account.
At 39, it would be the second team change for Hamilton, who grew up at McLaren before making a splash in 2013 by signing for Mercedes. Wearing the star uniform, he became the most successful driver in the history of the event, accumulating a total of seven titles to his name, the same as Michael Schumacher, but with more victories (103) than the German (91). ). Hamilton has never hidden his admiration for everything that makes Ferrari, the most universal symbol of the world of motor racing. The Silver Arrows’ lack of competitiveness over the past two years, dominated at will by Max Verstappen and Red Bull, will surely have them looking in a direction they never would have pointed had they continued to win. If this maneuver comes to fruition, it will be a tremendous blow for Ferrari, and a very weak blow for Mercedes.