Mercedes F1 desperate to prevent Hamilton’s escape to Ferrari

The Formula 1 team that currently works with the veteran British driver on the grid is looking for new ways to extend the contract

lewis hamiltonwho with seven world championships and 103 Grand Prix victories is the most successful F1 driver of all time, consider a team change to Ferrari if the improvements planned by Mercedes do not meet your expectations. After a winless 2022 season, the first year of his career without a trophy, uncertainty about his future at Mercedes has become palpable. Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes expires at the end of the 2023 season, paving the way for possible negotiations with other teams, in particular Ferrariwhich is reportedly preparing a “mega offer” to attract the British driver.

After admitting to going the wrong way in development at the start of the season, Mercedes is making great efforts to reverse its luck with a significantly revised car. The new version of the car is expected for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix. If this change fails to make a positive impact, it is believed that only a change of scenery, specifically an offer from Ferrari, would convince the 38-year-old Hamilton to continue in the sport.

Lewis Hamilton with new options at Ferrari

Peter Windsor’s comments on the current situation in F1

Peter Windsor, well-known Formula 1 commentator, has expressed in a recent broadcast his feelings about Hamilton’s current situation. Windsor believes that Hamilton’s fate with Mercedes could be defined by the arrival of the new car. If the updates don’t bring a substantial improvement, Windsor argues that the only thing that would keep Hamilton in the race would be a very tempting offer from Ferrari.

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Ferrari, on the other hand, seems poised to make a bold move. It is reported that Ferrari president John Elkann is in “close contact” with Hamilton and would be seriously considering joining. In fact, several well-placed sources in the UK and Italy have confirmed that Hamilton’s signing is under serious consideration.

Leclerc’s decision for next season

Ferrari’s preferred option would be pairing Hamilton with Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc, considered by many to be Hamilton’s most likely successor at Mercedes. The rumor that Leclerc already has a prior agreement with Mercedes has persisted since last year, although he has been evasive about it.

In response to questions about his possible dialogue with Mercedes, Leclerc limited himself to responding: “No, not yet. Not for the moment.” However, it is reported that Leclerc has started talks to extend his contract with Ferrari, which expires at the end of 2024, after obtaining “mutual guarantees” between him and Elkann after a disappointing start to the season for Ferrari.

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