Childhood dream reason for Hamilton move to Ferrari

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Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time Formula 1 world champion, will leave Mercedes at the end of the 2024 season, after an incredible 11 years, to finally realize his childhood dream – to race for Ferrari.

The 39-year-old signed a new two-year contract worth £100 million ($126 million) with Mercedes in August last year.

However, he activated a release clause this week to confirm his move to the Italian team after admitting the prospect of “riding in Ferrari red” was too hard to turn down.

“It’s been a crazy few days, filled with a whole range of emotions,” Hamilton said in a statement.

“But as you all know by now, the time has come for me to start a new chapter in my life and I will join Scuderia Ferrari in 2025.

“After achieving things with Mercedes that I could only dream of as a child, I am incredibly happy that I now have the chance to realize another childhood dream – to be able to race in Ferrari red.”

Hamilton says that Mercedes has been a big part of his life – since he was only 13 years old – and that it was therefore the most difficult decision he has ever had to make.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff insisted on Friday that there were no concerns about Hamilton’s integrity ahead of his final season.

Hamilton also made his respect for Wolff and the Mercedes organization clear.

“I am incredibly proud of everything we have achieved together and of course Toto, for his friendship, guidance and leadership.

“Together we have won titles, broken records and become the most successful driver-team partnership in F1 history.”

Hamilton vowed to end on a high note with Mercedes, adding that he is now more driven than ever.

“I am fitter and more focused than ever and I want to help Mercedes win again.

“I am 100% committed to the work I have to do and determined to finish my partnership with the team on a high.”