Hamilton won six of his titles for the British racing team Mercedes. His last world title dates from 2020. Over the past three years he has been outpaced by Max Verstappen in his Red Bull.
At Ferrari he is the replacement for Spaniard Carlos Sainz, whose contract is expiring. The team, full name Scuderia Ferrari, only announced the arrival of Hamilton who has signed “a multi-year contract”. But Sainz came up with his own statement not much later: “Scuderia Ferrari and I will part ways at the end of 2024. We have a long season ahead and I will, as always, do my utmost for the team and for the tifosi (fans) all over the world,” the Spaniard wrote.
Earlier in the day, Sky Sports reported that the staff of the Toto Wolff-led team in Brackley, England, had been informed of the impending departure of Hamilton, who had played for Mercedes since 2013. After previously winning a world title at McLaren, he did so six more times for Mercedes. With seven world titles, he shares the record with the German Michael Schumacher.
Ferrari previously extended the contract of Monegasque Charles Leclerc. The team wants to close the gap with Red Bull, for which Verstappen broke through the hegemony of Hamilton and Mercedes and became world champion for the past three years. The Dutchman was particularly powerful last season. Leclerc ultimately finished fifth, Hamilton in his Mercedes third. The Finn Kimi Räikkönen was the last Formula 1 driver to win the world title for Ferrari in 2007.