The redder the faster, Lewis hopes

Henry

The F1 belt telegrams have been running fast lately with the news that Lewis Hamilton may soon move behind the wheel of a Ferrari.

However, the authoritative Sky Sports reported today that there is a definite fire under the rumor mill.

Hamilton’s latest contract with Mercedes only expires at the end of next year, but according to reports, things could work out for him in such a way that he could already wear the red of Ferrari in 2025.

The 39-year-old Briton will then be Charles Leclerc’s team-mate, with Carlos Sainz who will probably have to look for greener pastures: Ferrari almost hit the brakes for you to renew the Spaniard’s contract.

In contrast, Leclerc signed a contract in January that can keep him in Maranello until after 2026.

Although neither Mercedes nor Ferrari have commented on the rumours, BBC Sport reports that Toto Wolff has arranged an urgent team meeting for Thursday.

The Mercedes team boss is then possibly going to discuss Hamilton’s future; either confirm his move to Ferrari.

The 39-year-old Briton has been part of the Mercedes set-up for a decade and he won six of his seven world titles with the team.

But since 2021, Hamilton has struggled to keep up with Max Verstappen in his Red Bull car of fire and that struggle – he was 341 points behind the flying Dutchman last year – probably made the move to Ferrari much more attractive.

  • Final standings (2023):

Driver scoring:

  1. Max Verstappen: 575 points
  2. Sergio Perez: 285 points
  3. Lewis Hamilton: 234 points
  4. Fernando Alonso: 206 points
  5. Charles Leclerc: 206 points
  6. Lando Norris: 205 points
  7. Carlos Sainz: 200 points
  8. George Russell: 175 points
  9. Oscar Piastri: 97 points
  10. Lance Stroll: 74 points

Manufacturer Punctuation:

  1. Red Bull: 860 points
  2. Mercedes: 409 points
  3. Ferrari: 406 points
  4. McLaren: 302 points
  5. Aston Martin: 280 points.