Hamilton to officially race in Red in 2025

Hamilton to Ferrari switch good or bad for 8th F1 title ambitions?

Hamilton to officially race in Red in 2025

It has been well documented that driving for Ferrari has long been on Lewis Hamilton’s bucket list. But his move from Mercedes, which will kick in for the 2025 season, has still come as a shock to many in the sport.

It’s a bold statement of ambition from the Prancing Horse, who will have an interesting time trying to manage the dynamic between Hamilton and Charles Leclerc, who will both feel that they should be considered the number one driver.

Whether it will edge Ferrari closer to an elusive constructor’s title remains to be seen – and will it aid Hamilton in his quest for that eighth world championship that he’s so desperate to win?


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As far as the 2024 campaign is concerned, it’s no change for those who bet on sports online. Max Verstappen is the runaway 2/9 favourite to win the Drivers’ Championship, while the sports betting tips columns will once again be bullish about Red Bull’s Constructors’ Championship hopes – they’re 1/4, ahead of McLaren (11/2) and Mercedes (7/1), to dominate once more.

It’s interesting that Ferrari have been downgraded to the fourth best team in F1, according to the odds-makers, which may not exactly fill Hamilton with confidence that his switch to the Italian outfit will bring with it silverware.

There’s no doubt that McLaren made great strides over the course of the second half of the 2023 season, but it should not be underestimated how good the Ferrari SF-23 was – in qualifying, at least.

Between them, Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr shared pole position seven times – nearly 33% of all races, with the only frustration for the Scuderia outfit being that they were only able to convert one of those to a race victory; namely Sainz’s excellent run in Singapore.

If Ferrari can take their speed in qualifying and transform it into smarter performances on raceday, then they should be able to start putting more wins on the board. The addition of Hamilton, naturally, will enhance their Sunday success.

Who is the Oldest F1 Champion?

Hunt, Stewart, Hulme, Piquet, Fangio, Senna and Brabham, celebrating 500 F1  races (Aus 1990) : r/formula1

It’s a question worth asking, because Hamilton will have celebrated his 40th birthday by the time he gets behind the wheel of his new Ferrari.

There’s a sense that Formula One racing is a young man’s game – the extraordinary physical demands of driving these crazily powerful cars, not to mention the rigours of travelling thousands of miles each week, which naturally favours those with a few less wrinkles.

And the stats bear that out, for the most part. Since the establishment of F1 in 1950, only eight of the seasonal championships in that time have been won by somebody 40 or older… and six of those went to Juan Manuel Fangio, who excelled in the autumn of his career.

The absolute vast majority of F1 champions have been aged 35 or younger at the time of their triumph, with Hamilton himself the youngest ever title-winner way back in 2008.

The sands of time wait for no man, with Formula One drivers particularly hit hard by Mother Nature’s law. Has Hamilton left his ambition of becoming a world champion with Ferrari a few years too late?