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Hamilton insists no faith in Mercedes not behind decision to join Ferrari

Hamilton insists no faith in Mercedes not behind decision to join Ferrari

Hamilton insists no faith in Mercedes not behind decision to join Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton is driving his final Formula 1 season with Mercedes, a brand he has been associated with ever since he joined the top flight back in 2007.

Hamilton’s illustrious F1 career has been powered by Mercedes, until the end of the 2024 season that is. He was given his F1 break by Ron Dennis at Mercedes-powered McLaren in 2007, the seven-time F1 Champion going on with the German brand for rest of his career.

That is until Hamilton decided the grass is greener over at the pastures of Maranello where he would be heading for 2025, and while the manner in which Mercedes started the 2024 season showed the Briton’s decision to leave was a shrewd one, he insists that was not the reason.

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Mercedes have dropped the ball with the current F1 regulations, starting with the 2022 car which was a Silver bouncing trap, and while Hamilton told the team their direction was wrong, they persisted with it in 2023, basically a slap in the face for the winner of 103 grands prix, only to realize soon after that they have delivered another sh!tbox of a car.

And while they have gone down the Red Bull design path in 2024, the new car is far from being competitive, Toto Wolff even revealing it has fundamental issues.

However Hamilton believes Mercedes still has potential, he said quoted by F1’s Official Website: “I’m excited about this year, and I know this team is going to win another championship and I will be proud to know that I’ve been a part of it.

“Because a lot of the things [that] were put in place,” he added, “in terms of how much more diverse our team is, the processes that we go through.

“I in the long haul will always be a part of that process and that development the team has gone through,” he maintained.

Hamilton is chasing that elusive eighth F1 Title, and when asked if he lost faith in Mercedes helping him win it, which may explain his reasons to leave to Ferrari, he responded: “No, honestly, it wasn’t.

Mercedes is going to win another Championship

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“I truly believe that this team, as I mentioned earlier, is going to win another championship,” he went on. “It’s an incredible group of people and it’s really well run.

“Mercedes has such an incredible history and, from the board down, they are ultimately really heavily invested in racing and in so many areas, regardless whether or not this is a championship-winning car. That won’t have any bearing on how I feel about the next stage of my career.

“As I said, it’s all about a new chapter in my life, and I really feel like I’ve done everything I could possibly do with this team,” he reckoned.

But life will definitely be tougher at Ferrari, who have been chasing Title glory since 2007, but Hamilton insists he is up for the new challenge.

“I’m on the back end of my career,” he said. “I love a challenge, and this is the ultimate challenge, really, to go to a team that is incredibly iconic, has also amazing history, but also has not had as much success, I guess, as they would have hoped in the past decade or so.

“My goal is to beat them this year. And obviously that switches next year on,” the 39-year-old concluded.

While Hamilton would love to beat Ferrari in 2024, that goal seems to be out of reach given how this season has started.

Ferrari are, for now, the second fastest team behind Red Bull with a big gap to the third and below, which is were Mercedes are now, third or fourth fastest, fighting with McLaren and sometimes Aston Martin for that.