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Sainz: I would've done the same in Hamilton's position

Sainz: I would’ve done the same in Hamilton’s position

Sainz: I would've done the same in Hamilton's position

Spaniard Carlos Sainz said he had no hard feelings towards seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton over the Briton’s impending move to Ferrari as his replacement.

Hamilton will take Sainz’s seat alongside Charles Leclerc at the Italian glamour team next season in a shock move announced earlier this month.

“I think this is how the sport works and obviously I have a lot of respect for Lewis and the success he’s had and obviously his choice to join Ferrari,” said Sainz sitting alongside Hamilton in a Bahrain Grand Prix press conference on Wednesday.

“I would have done the same in his position,” added the 29-year-old, who himself replaced four-time F1 Champion Sebastian Vettel at the Maranello-based team in 2021.

Hamilton, who has not won a race since 2021, signed a two-year extension with Mercedes only last August but activated a break clause to sign a multi-year deal with Ferrari. The 39-year-old has said he wanted to start a new chapter in his record-breaking F1 story.

Ferrari are the sport’s most successful team but have not won an F1 Drivers’ Title since Kimi Raikkonen’s 2007 Championship.

“There’s a huge amount of respect between us all and I have a huge amount of respect for Carlos,” said Hamilton, the 103-time grand prix winner. “I don’t feel like there’s any animosity or anything like that.

“It’s not a personal thing, it’s what happens in this racing world and I hope that nothing changes between us through that,” he added. “I don’t think it will.”

Sainz is yet to secure an F1 seat for 2025, but remains confident of his chances, not ruling out any opportunity that may come available. (Reporting by Abhishek Takle)