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Hamilton: I didn’t speak to anybody, I didn’t tell my parents

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Lewis Hamilton kept his Ferrari move so closely guarded that he didn’t even tell his parents until the day it was announced, the seven-time Formula 1 World Champion revealed ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix

The British driver rocked the F1 world to the core when it was confirmed, against all expectations, on 1 February he was joining the great Italian Scuderia next year, despite signing a new contract with Mercedes last summer.

Hamilton said in a BBC podcast “I didn’t speak to anybody. I didn’t tell my parents till the day of it being announced. So, no one knew. I really wanted to do it for myself. Ultimately, I had to find out what would be the best for me.”

It then emerged that the two-year deal penned with Mercedes and announced last August was actually for one year with an option for a second year, which Hamilton did not take. Instead, the allure of Ferrari, the sport’s greatest team, and a reported $ 100-million-a-year deal was an offer that the F1’s greatest driver of this era could not refuse.

Lewis: The opportunity just popped up

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff of his decision to leave only the day before over breakfast at Wolff´s home. They have become close friends over the years after Hamilton joined Mercedes from McLaren in 2013.

The 39-year-old Hamilton and Michael Schumacher have a record seven F1 titles each, and Hamilton is the outright leader with 103 race wins and 104 pole positions.

Hamilton has spoken in the past of the lure of racing with Ferrari, where Schumacher won five of his world titles: “The opportunity just popped up and I was like, ‘OK, I’ve got to think for a second’… I didn’t have a lot of time to think and I had to just go with my gut feeling and I decided to take the opportunity.”

Hamilton begins his last season with Mercedes on Saturday at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. His last win was at the Saudi Arabian Grand prix in the penultimate race of the 2021 world championship campaign, where Max Verstappen won the first of his three straight titles with Red Bull.