Sir Lewis Hamilton is set to leave Mercedes-AMG Petronas come the 2025-26 Formula 1 season, joining Scuderia Ferrari on a multi-year contract. The 39-year-old pledges his allegiance to the Silver Arrows’ Italian grid rivals, describing the move as “one of the hardest decisions” he has made throughout his 17-year career.
Activating a release clause disclosed in his previous contract renewal with Mercedes-AMG Petronas, Hamilton parts ways with an organization where he claimed seven world titles under team principal and CEO Toto Wolf. Turning over a new leaf, the decision of the British racer’s departure follows two challenging-winless years, struggling to “adapt to F1’s latest ground effect era.”
In a circular published by Formula 1, the seven-time world champion recollected his experience in the driver’s seat of his 11-year franchise, mentioning his gratitude and excitement heading into the next chapter of his career.
“I have had an amazing 11 years with this team [Mercedes] and I’m so proud of what we have achieved together…Mercedes has been part of my life since I was 13 years old,” said Hamilton.
“But the time is right for me to take this step and I’m excited to be taking on a new challenge. I will be forever grateful for the incredible support of my Mercedes family, especially Toto for his friendship and leadership and I want to finish on a high together. I am 100% committed to delivering the best performance I can this season and making my last year with the Silver Arrows, one to remember,” he added.
As Hamilton enters his curtain call with Mercedes, he signs with his third organization, occupying a vacant seat alongside Monégasque Charles Leclerc with the expiration of Carlos Sainz’s contract at the end of the 2024-25 season.
Following the announcement of Scuderia Ferrari’s new acquisition, Sainz confirmed the transfer through a statement via social media.
“Following today’s news, Scuderia Ferrari and myself will part ways at the end of 2024…We still have a long season ahead of us and, like always, I will give my absolute best for the team and the Tifosi all around the world. “News about my future will be announced in due course,” mentioned the 29-year-old Spaniard.