Despite the fact that it is not quite obvious whether a definitive contract has been signed, Motorsport.com is aware that negotiations are now in an advanced stage and may be completed by the end of this week.
Since a long time ago, Ferrari has been interested in acquiring lewis Hamilton‘s services; nevertheless, the seven-time champion has previously declined Ferrari’s advances because he believed Mercedes provided him with a more advantageous path to achievement.
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The previous year, Hamilton signed a multi-year contract with Mercedes for the years 2024 and 2025; however, it now looks that the second season may have been nothing more than an option.
Furthermore, this indicates that Hamilton will be able to have an escape clause, which implies that if he signs with Ferrari, he will be free to join beginning in the year 2025.
There has been no response from either Ferrari or Mercedes regarding the current situation.
In the event that Hamilton’s departure is confirmed, it will be a devastating blow to Mercedes, which went through extensive contract negotiations with him the previous year in order to secure his services for the remainder of this year.
Hamilton was at pains to convey that he had faith that Mercedes had learned the lessons from its hard 2022/2023 seasons and may enjoy a chance to return to glory with its all new car for this campaign. He made this statement with great effort immediately after the contract was finalized.
It was during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of the previous year that Motorsport.com asked him if he ever had any doubts about coming back to the front of the pack. He responded, “No, not when we were doing negotiations.”
“But with the changes that we are making, I hope I was right, I hope we are right, and yeah, but I guess we have no idea what the Red Bulls are going to do,” the speaker said.
In regard to Hamilton’s commitment to Mercedes, where he had been anticipated to finish out his Formula One career, it is not known what had prompted him to potentially alter his mind about his decision to leave the team.
Early indications from the Mercedes wind tunnel have pointed to the new W15 being a solid step forward for the team. Additionally, the German manufacturer recently made it apparent that both Toto Wolff, the team boss, and James Allison, the technical director, have successfully extended their contracts for an extended period of time.