Hamilton’s Future at Mercedes in Doubt for 2025

Reports suggest Lewis Hamilton is exploring a move to Ferrari in 2025, potentially partnering with Charles Leclerc.

Despite a longstanding connection with Mercedes, Hamilton signed a two-year extension in 2023. Ferrari’s chairman, John Elkann, is reportedly in talks for a Leclerc-Hamilton duo, possibly leading to Carlos Sainz’s departure.

Although Leclerc’s contract is secure, Sainz’s future remains uncertain, linking him to Audi. In 2023, Ferrari allegedly approached Hamilton, a claim denied by both Hamilton and Scuderia boss Frederic Vasseur.

No mention of teammate Sainz was made, as Ferrari and Sainz couldn’t agree on the contract duration. Ferrari offered one year, while Sainz sought up to three years.

Formu1a.uno reports that the delay is not due to the duration but rather Ferrari’s preference to replace Sainz with Lewis Hamilton as the driver.

“The reason for this slow evolution,” claims the Italian publication, “would be the sensational attempt to bring Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari in 2025 alongside Charles Leclerc!

“The seven-time World Champion had extended his historic agreement with Mercedes by one season, with a further option, which would lead to him being able to free himself to wear the red suit.”

It even went as far as to say that “some talks took place directly with the president of Ferrari, John Elkann” with the “transition in the process” one of the topics.

“If all goes well,” adds the publication, “we could see this sensational and brutal announcement materialize in the next few days, concretizing what was the Team Principal’s original plan and defining the future line-up before the start of the new season.”