Lewis Hamilton needs to depart Mercedes quickly, on the finish of this season regardless of extending his contract in 2024, and has knocked on the doorways of Maranello once more, to meet at 38 years previous the previous dream he had as a baby, put on purple, and step out of the Mercedes world by which he has been concerned, by engine or by workforce, since 2007.
The Briton has let himself be cherished and this time the Scuderia sees it possible, which generated since yesterday a number of leaks within the Italian press, a traditional within the Ferrari ecosystem.
Solely this time plainly the match is feasible as a result of Lewis had that exit clause in his workforce for standing and profession regardless of the extension at Mercedes was final August 31 “for a number of seasons”.
This explains the halt in negotiations with Carlos Sainz, very a lot on observe in latest months, however whose renewal slowed down on the identical time that Leclerc‘s renewal was introduced. No, it was not Albon or anybody passing by, nor something in opposition to Sainz, not less than that tranquility stays within the surroundings of the Spanish driver: the factor was Hamilton.
Lewis, a detailed pal of Fred Vasseur, head of the workforce, and shut pal of John Elkann, president of Ferrari, known as once more, as he had achieved earlier than and was informed in January final 12 months.
Though it’s not signed but, and with Hamilton a fringe means a month and extra with a hefty wage like Leclerc‘s, in Maranello they’re shifting ahead with the signing of the last decade, they haven’t any different alternative if in case you have a shot at a seven-time world champion: you win a monumental driver and you are taking him away from Mercedes, plus the Brit, whether or not he’s older or not, has a very long time to stay.
At Ferrari they haven’t any issues with Carlos, however they’ve had no different alternative resulting from historic alternative. Leclerc, 5 years youthful than Carlos, has been their long-term guess for years and even when Carlos had doubled his poles or factors, he would have renewed. Even the Monegasque has welcomed the arrival of Lewis: who sank Vettel needs to repeat with one other large, and if he loses in opposition to him, he’s a seven-time world champion. Towards whom he had extra to lose and plenty of extra issues to clarify, it was Sainz.
Future choices for Sainz
The 55-year-old, the one grand prix winner final season who was a Pink Bull (Piastri did it in a Saturday dash occasion) now has, if the whole lot crystallizes, which stays to be seen, an entire season forward of him to barter the subsequent step of his sporting profession, which appears carefully linked to Audi, which enters 2026.
In latest weeks Sainz Sr. himself, Audi’s Dakar driver, spoke extremely of the German model in motorsport and as a super vacation spot for any athlete, which already gave clues that Hamilton‘s arrival has been brewing for a number of weeks. Not rather more, since on December 1, Elkann himself took it without any consideration that Sainz was going to remain: “In fact they’re staying,” he stated.
Nonetheless, it’s not the one possible place for the Spaniard, as there may be now a vacant seat at Mercedes itself, and in accordance with MARCA, there are different choices available on the market and groups within the Spaniard, which might rule out that in 2025 he could be unemployed.