Lewis Hamilton to join Ferrari: Mercedes confirm seven-time F1 world champion activated release clause to leave team

Lewis Hamilton will be leaving Mercedes at the end of the 2024 season after 11 years to join Ferrari, where he will partner Charles Leclerc in a blockbuster line-up; Hamilton has signed ‘multi-year deal’ with Ferrari; watch every F1 race in 2024 live on Sky Sports F1

Sky F1’s Martin Brundle believes Lewis Hamilton might have become dissatisfied at Mercedes and could be seeking a new challenge at Ferrari.

Mercedes have revealed Lewis Hamilton activated a release clause to leave the team to move to Ferrari for the 2025 F1 season.

Ferrari confirmed on Thursday evening that seven-time world champion Hamilton has joined the team on a multi-year deal from next season.

“The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team and Lewis Hamilton will part ways at the end of the 2024 season,” read a Mercedes statement.

“Lewis has activated a release option in the contract announced last August and this season will therefore be his last driving for the Silver Arrows.

Hamilton added: “I have had an amazing 11 years with this team and I’m so proud of what we have achieved together. Mercedes has been part of my life since I was 13 years old.

“It’s a place where I have grown up, so making the decision to leave was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. 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 per cent committed to delivering the best performance I can this season and making my last year with the Silver Arrows, one to remember.

Hamilton will partner Charles Leclerc at the Italian team in a blockbuster line-up featuring two of F1’s fastest drivers and biggest names. It leaves Carlos Sainz looking for another seat on the grid beyond the end of this season when his contract expires.

 

Gideon Canice

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