Jacques Villeneuve suspects Lewis Hamilton motive behind Charles Leclerc’s new deal

Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc will become team-mates in 2025..

It has been a hectic off-season at Maranello when it comes to driver contract business, Ferrari announcing that Leclerc had signed fresh terms, with focus then turning to team-mate Carlos Sainz who also had a deal expiring at the end of 2024.

Very few though expected the solution on Sainz which came to pass, with Ferrari instead managing to complete a swoop for seven-time World Champion Hamilton, luring him away from Mercedes to partner Leclerc from F1 2025.

Leclerc’s new contract, which reportedly includes a substantial pay rise and team leader status within the Ferrari squad looking to end their extended title drought, will commit him to Ferrari beyond Hamilton’s arrival, with the dynamic between these drivers set to generate great intrigue.

In Leclerc, Ferrari has a driver who is one of their own, the star Ferrari Driver Academy graduate and the poster boy for their pursuit of a first title since 2008, but Hamilton will bring with him his star power as the most successful F1 driver of all time, and the desire for further title glory.

Villeneuve does not believe Leclerc has any cause for frustration with Hamilton’s arrival though, while praising Ferrari for how they handled their business, ensuring Leclerc was happy with the terms he wanted first before the Hamilton bombshell came to be.



Gideon Canice

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