Lewis Hamilton’s transfer to Ferrari in F1 2025 will fulfill an old dream for the driver, who reportedly mentioned his desire to end his career with the team nine years ago.
This is what Matt Bishop, former head of communications at McLaren and Aston Martin, guarantees. In a column published on Tuesday (7), the journalist exposed excerpts of the dialogue with Hamilton, then two-time champion, after the 2015 Japanese GP.
“Sometimes you feel like you’ve stayed in one place too long and need a change (about a possible return to McLaren). (…) One day, what I’d really like to do is drive for Ferrari. It would be a great way to end my career, wouldn’t it? Win championships for McLaren, Mercedes and Ferrari?”, the seven-time champion was quoted as saying.
When commenting on the move to the Maranello team, scheduled for 2025, Hamilton highlighted his “childhood dream” of driving in the red Ferrari.
He will have a two-year contract, with the option of another renewal season, and an annual salary of 100 million dollars. The seven-time champion will be able to actively participate in the development of the Italian car before the change in engine regulations in 2026.
“I feel incredibly fortunate, having achieved things with Mercedes that I could only have dreamed of as a child, that I now have the chance to fulfill another childhood dream,” Lewis posted.
It is worth remembering that at Ferrari, Hamilton will replace Carlos Sainz, who revealed that he had no regrets about the team after the announcement of his departure; The Spaniard is the last GP winner for Ferrari in F1.
When he makes his debut for the Maranello team, at the age of 40, Lewis will race alongside Charles Leclerc, whose contract was recently renewed in a multi-year agreement.