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Red Mist: What really attracted Lewis to Ferrari?

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: A general view as the Tifosi celebrate during the podium celebrations with Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing, Second placed Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing and Third placed Carlos Sainz of Spain and Ferrari during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 03, 2023 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202309030438 // Usage for editorial use only //

Lewis Hamilton ditching Mercedes and going to Ferrari for the 2025 Formula 1 season took the sport by storm, but what is the real reason behind the Briton’s decision?

Some say that Lewis Hamilton’s move to Ferrari is the biggest thing in recent F1 history. Others say that it was an F1 ploy to do it now, to shift the attention off that Andretti Cadillac elephant in the room. And then there’s the version that it happened on January 31 in order to prop up Ferrari’s very good shareholder news. And goodness gracious, did it prop it up!

Whatever happened, Hamilton to Ferrari has broken the internet. You can’t go to the pub, the corner shop or walk in the mall without overhearing the most unlikely people talking about the most sensational F1 news in years. Never heard that about regular F1 happenings. That sort of public attention and discussion was usually reserved to terrible days like Senna at Imola, Clark at Hockenheim.

It certainly has the world talking. Personally I am delighted at the prospect of Lewis in a red suit driving Ferrari number 44. Even if it’s a year to go. To be honest, it’s been telegraphed for a while. But this shock news has also had Red Mist thinking.

Why would Hamilton make a sideways move?

Hamilton to officially race in Red in 2025

News from Mercedes F 1 has been good. Reports abound that the new car feels like a real F1 car for the first time in a while on the simulator. There have been other positive news and staff movements and Mercedes after all beat Ferrari in last year’s Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.

Sure, Ferrari has also been beating a positive drum. Similar sentiments are allegedly emerging from Maranello as our team that sat in chaos a year ago, has melded so well around old Fred. Lewis’ old Formula 2 team manager, of course.

So what’s the lure? The $100-Million a year, plus, plus, plus? Surely Merc would match that for its superstar World Champion?

No, none of it adds up. Or at least, it’s not adding up as we see it right now. Because maybe, just maybe, they know what we still don’t know. But what could that be? Allow me to put my hat in the ring on that prospect…

But wait! Maybe it’s a step up after all…

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There’s been a little speculation about another move to Ferrari in recent days. Even before the juggernaut Lewis news broke. It concerns the man who still draws his Formula 1 cars with a pencil and slide rule. And borrowing his pencil for a second and connecting the dots, could Adrian Newey also be Maranello bound?

Now if this is the case, if Adrian Newey is also set to clear his closet for a new set of red suits, then suddenly Lewis’ move makes so much more sense. Because a Ferrari-Hamilton-Newey (and don’t forget Fred and Charles) move could just be what the doctor ordered to give Maranello its first World Championship since the cows came home. And where better for Lewis to pull that record title off, than at Ferrari?

So, is a Newey-Ferrari move really beyond the realms of possibility? I mean who’d have guessed Hamilton would abscond from his Mercedes contract and defect to Maranello? So maybe, just maybe, the next Ferrari will be drawn in the gardening shed in Adrian Newey’s back yard while on sabattical. Is that plausible? Is Adrian Newey the real lure that Lewis snatched to leave his beloved Mercedes?

In the meantime, Benvenuto Luigi. Hamilton in a Ferrari is a phenomenon I simply cannot wait to witness!