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Hamilton: People continuing to talk sh!t [about Ferrari move]

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Lewis Hamilton remains adamant that his ditching Mercedes to move to Ferrari is the right move, the seven-time Formula 1 World Champion slamming “people talking sh!t” about his move to Maranello but he cares less.
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This era’s greatest F1 driver and the sport’s most famous team, united as Hamilton’s swansong in F1 is most likely to be this next chapter at Ferrari.

No matter how it pans out, it’s a match made in F1 heaven and inevitable as the once mighty Mercedes team fumbled around lost, offering him a winless car for the past three seasons and no light at the end of the tunnel for the once mightiest German team.

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The news on 1 February saw Ferrari stocks spike upwards as reality dawned. This was the coup of the century for John Elkann, Fred Vassuer and the entire Scuderia.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, Hamilton asked about ditching Mercedes, after such a long and successful association, for Ferrari, he replied: “I don’t feel like I need my decision vindicating. I know what is right for me and that hasn’t changed from the moment I made the decision.”

As he did with McLaren when he defied critics to move to Mercedes, Hamilton has picked the ideal time to end his journey with the team in its current state. The Briton insisted: “There’s not been a moment that I’ve questioned it and I’m not swayed by other people’s comments.”

The F1 News of the Century

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While this site hailed Hamilton’s move to Ferrari for 2025 as the “F1 News of the Century” invariably there are critics who predict he could disrupt Maranello, while the Scuderia hanging on to Leclerc and ousting Carlos Sainz to make it happen, has not been well received in all quarters.

Hamilton alluded to that: “Even today, there’s people continuing to talk sh!t and will continue on for the rest of the year I’ll have to just do what I do. Only you can know what’s right for you and this will be an exciting time for me.”

Hamilton has been powered by Mercedes since he made his F1 debut back in 2007 when McLaren were the works team. Since then he has won 103 Grand Prix races, started from pole position 104 times and has seven titles. All earned with the circled Tri-Star on his chest.

Today, at 39, Hamilton is the second oldest driver on the 2024 F1 grid. Only 42-year-old Fernando Alonso is older. A fact that surprises Sir Lewis: “I never thought I’d be racing into my forties. I’m pretty sure I said I wouldn’t race into my forties.”

Hamilton: I’m going to be racing for quite some time still

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“I think it’s such a crazy trick, life,” reckoned Hamilton. “I don’t feel like I’m nearing 40 years old, I feel like I’m pretty young still. It’s a real positive because it means I’m not the oldest driver here… that’s the best part!

“But also Fernando is one of the best drivers we’ve had in the sport so for him to continue to be here and continue to have the output that he’s had just shows what’s possible. It just shows the new era of athletes and what the human body can do and continue to do if you nurture it.

“I’m going to be racing for quite some time still so it’s definitely good he’s still around and keeps going on for a bit longer,” insisted Hamilton. Statements that will be music to Ferrari and their Tifosi.

Back to the now. The Sprint Race Weekend at Shanghai, on the F1 calendar for the first time since 2019, and Round 5 of the 2024 FIA Formula 1 World Championship where Mercedes have a mountain to climb.

Hamilton: If we go back we would have done things differently

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Much vaunted ‘improvements’ to the car turned out to be a false alarm and a wake up call for Mercedes. The W15 is no better than the W14 of last year, or the W13, which George Russell dubbed as “sh!t” in the current season of Netflix’s Drive to Survive series.

On what he expects in China, Hamilton did not mince his words: “Nothing has changed with our car so it will be the same car this weekend but we understand it a little bit more. [In Japan] we did make improvements so bringing some of those into this weekend on top of some new direction again.

“I think if we go back we would have done things differently, that’s the benefit of hindsight and experience. So we’re trying to bring that here this weekend and implement some of those changes that we would have perhaps done in Suzuka and hopefully that can find us a bit of performance,” added Hamilton.

Sunday in Shanghai will be Hamilton’s 337th start in F1, a venue where he won six times in the past, when Mercedes ruled the F1 roost much like their nemesis and rivals Red Bull do nowadays. (Reporting by Agnes Carlier in Shanghai)