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Fisichella: Hamilton to Ferrari great move, Sainz good for Mercedes

Fisichella: Hamilton to Ferrari great move, Sainz good for Mercedes

Looking ahead to the 2025 Formula 1 (Silly) Season, the former Ferrari driver Giancarlo Fisichella hails Lewis Hamilton’s decision to sign for the Italian team and suggests Carlos Sainz should go for the vacated Mercedes seat that has yet to be filled.

Hamilton’s sensational defection from Mercedes, the only F1 power he has known, to Ferrari – every race driver’s dream – is a reality starting next season. And boy has the seven-time F1 World Champion picked the right time to depart the German team as they grapple in midfield no man’s land.

As a result, Hamilton has not won a Grand Prix since 2021. Teammate George Russell bagged one victory at the 2022 Sao Paulo GP, but no winner’s trophy since then.

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In sharp contrast, Ferrari are upwardly mobile under Fred Vasseur as he turns the team into the force it should always be. The greatest F1 driver of this era, Lewis Hamilton, is joining the sport’s greatest and most supported team and seems to have been predestined alongside one of the top new-generation drivers Charles Leclerc. An F1 Super Team springs to mind.

In a recent interview with DAZN: Fisichella, like most Tifosi, relishes the Briton’s arrival: “I’m happy that Lewis is moving to Ferrari. He is someone I respect as a great driver. I raced against him and I know how quick he is. He has the experience too and it’s going to be nice to see him at Ferrari.

“Hopefully, we can see him get on the podium and fight for championships. Considering he’s won the championship seven times, Lewis and Michael Schumacher are the best drivers we have seen. Lewis is still racing so it’s nice to see him on the grid and to see him in Ferrari colours.

“Hamilton and Leclerc are two of the best drivers on the grid. Both drivers are so strong and they both want to win. I’m sure they will work together without any problems and it will be nice to see both of them fight for the championship and win races,” ventured Fisichella.

Fisichella: Sainz is talking with a few teams but the best choice for him would be Mercedes

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Mercedes have massive shoes to fill when Hamilton departs at the end of this season. Talk of teenager Kimi Antonelli prevails in the paddock which would be high risk for a team incapable of winning at this stage of the Championship. With little hope in sight, one could add.

Teaching a rookie, while Russell takes command of the team seems a tad cavalier. But with the ball firmly in Toto Wolff’s court, anything could happen. From a Sebastian Vettel comeback to Esteban Ocon getting the nod.

For Fisichella, Mercedes have an obvious candidate: “Carlos Sainz is doing very well. He’s been very strong, focused and consistent in races. He gets the car to the end of the races and gets the best out of the car in terms of points. He won in Australia which was amazing and he’s talking with a few teams but the best choice for him would be Mercedes.

“There is a possibility that he goes to Red Bull but next to Max Verstappen, having him as a teammate would be difficult. At Mercedes, he would be with George Russell, who is a great driver and a great guy, together I think they can do well.

“I’ve heard he is also talking with Audi, they have a huge factory who can be strong in the future. If I were Carlos Sainz, I would go to Mercedes but I’m not sure how interested Carlos is in potentially moving there in their current state.”

Yuki Tsunoda or Carlos Sainz to Red Bull?

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 23: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing, Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Visa Cash App RB, Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Visa Cash App RB and Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing pose for a photo in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 23, 2024 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Looking to Red Bull, with Sergio Perez being comprehensively outshone by Max Verstappen, Fisichella predicts big things for Yuki Tsunoda, the VCARB driver who has improved on all fronts: “There’s a possibility Tsunoda could drive for the senior team in two years time

“We knew he was quick but he has also been very inconsistent in the past, making a lot of mistakes. This year, he is doing very well. It’s not the best car but he’s scoring points consistently. He can be quicker than Daniel Ricciardo who is also a great driver so I’ve been impressed with his season so far.

“I think it’s possible that he could move to Red Bull but it depends on what happens with Sergio Perez. They might decide to bring Sainz into the team but he’s still young and he can stay another year at RB and then there could be a possibility that he goes to Red Bull,” ventured the veteran of 229 Grand Prix starts.

Indeed Red Bull find themselves with Verstappen battling solo at the sharp end as Perez trails badly. Examples are P18 for the Mexican on the grid when Max put it P6 and his role in a massive crash that meant a DNF, less than half a km or so from the start line.

Some believe patience is running out at RBR, with Sainz and Tsunoda on the shopping list to partner Verstappen in the team, according to whispers in the Monaco paddock.

Fisichella, now 51 years old, got to live his dream and drive for Ferrari in F1 albeit only the five final races of his F1 career that included 19 podiums, three times as the winner. The Italian made his debut at the 1996 Australian GP. His final race in the top flight was the 2009 Abu Dhabi GP.