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Hamilton: If he comes to Ferrari, very excited to work with Newey

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Lewis Hamilton is not saying if Adrian Newey was part of his deal to move to Ferrari in 2025 but the seven-time Formula 1 World Championship relishes the opportunity to work with him should the Super-Designer move to Ferrari as many are speculating.

The biggest talking point by far, ahead of the 2024 Miami Grand Prix is the resignation of Formula 1’s greatest designer from Red Bull who, by all accounts, has inked a deal to join Ferrari in time to create the team’s car for 2026.

While the move to Maranello for Newey, following in Hamilton’s footsteps, is expected to be announced after the Miami Grand Prix weekend by Ferrari. Thus no surprise the Mercedes driver was inundated with questions about the Newey departing Red Bull saga.

Asked during the FIA-hosted F1 drivers press conference ahead of this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix, Hamilton said of the prospect of working with Newey: “Adrian’s got such a great history, track record. And, you know, he’s obviously just done an amazing job through his career in engaging with teams and the knowledge that he has.

“And I think he would be an amazing addition to Ferrari. I think they’ve already got a great team. They’re already making huge progress, strides forward, their cars quicker this year. But yeah, it would be a privilege to work with him.”

As for his excitement level of finally driving a Newey-masterpiece in the future, Hamilton said: “Very.”

Asked if Newey was the ‘sweetener’ in his decision to ditch Mercedes for Ferrari when negotiating with the Italian team’s boss John Elkann, Hamilton replied: “I mean, this is all private conversation stuff. So if I was to do a list of people that I’d love to work with, [Newey] would absolutely be at the top of that.

Hamilton: We’ll see if Adrian comes to Ferrari…

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As for the Newey to Ferrari move became a reality, the seven-time F1 World Champion revealed little: “I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Asked if Red Bull losing Newey, after two decades together, would change the balance of power away from the dominant F1 World Champions, Hamilton replied: “Just from my perspective, when I joined McLaren, I think it was an evolution of his car. I think I got there just after he left. So that car had evolved from a concept that he had worked on.

“So I felt privileged that I’d had the chance to touch something that he had worked on. Racing against a team that he’s been so heavily a part of through the years has been a massive challenge, but I think we just always need to remember that there are a lot of people in the background and there is not one key person, it’s not one person, it’s a whole team of people who do the job.

“So you can imagine for all the amazing experience that he brings to the team, the people that he works with will continue to do an amazing job. And I don’t anticipate Red Bull not continuing to build great cars moving forward. But any team would be fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him,” explained the Briton.

Hamilton: I’ve never been in this situation before

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 18: (L-R) Second placed Fernando Alonso of Spain and Aston Martin F1 Team, Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing, First placed Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing and Third placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 18, 2023 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

At 39, Hamilton is one of the most experienced drivers on the grid, second only to long-time rival Fernando Alonso. But he has only raced for two teams in the top flight – McLaren and Mercedes – thus his move to Maranello in 2025 announced a year before his arrival is unchartered territory for him.

“I’ve never been in this situation before,” recalled Hamilton: “So it’s a unique scenario. On one side, I’m really excited for turning up and working with my guys, and then I’m excited for the future at the same time. And also, just in terms of how fans have responded, it’s been great, because I’m kind of mingling with fans from both teams.

“But, you know, right now my heart’s still with Mercedes and I really want to continue to deliver and lift them up. That’s not only my job, but my desire this year. And as difficult as it’s been, we still rally together and I’m really proud of everyone that I’m working with.

“I’m really hoping that the year gets better. I don’t want to say it can’t get worse, but I definitely think we will improve,” added Hamilton optimistically, as he endures a third season without a victory in sight.

Newey or no Newey, with a woeful Mercedes to campaign this season the Ferrari move cannot come soon enough for Hamilton who will be hoping to reignite his F1 winning ways to claim GP victory 104, and perhaps even that elusive eighth world title.