Mercedes turn around after offers from other teams pour in for one of Formula 1’s most experienced drivers
Ferrari is preparing to make a bold move to lure Lewis Hamilton to the 2024 F1 team in a mega financial deal with chairman John Elkann already in “close contact”. Hamilton is in the final year of his contract with Mercedes, a team with whom he has won six world championship titles since joining in 2013.
But F1 2023 marks the second consecutive season that Mercedes has struggled to provide a title-worthy car, and while Hamilton has reaffirmed his continued commitment to the cause, he is yet to sign on the dotted line Is. Currently with seven world title successes, Hamilton is focused on securing an eighth, which would separate him from Michael Schumacher.
Could Hamilton follow in Schumacher’s footsteps at Ferrari?
Could he reach that ultimate goal with the team where Schumacher became an icon? Mail Sport understands Ferrari is preparing to offer Hamilton a contract worth around £40million to entice Hamilton to swap Brackley for Maranello, with Ferrari chairman Elkann leading the search for the Briton. have been
Reports say that if Hamilton does sign, Ferrari will try to keep Hamilton alongside Charles Leclerc, leaving out Carlos Sainz, who has recently pulled out of reports linking him to the Audi project, according to sources in the UK and Italy. Denied, they need to find a new home. , The other option on the table is a swap deal that would see Leclerc replace Hamilton at Mercedes, although Mercedes are said to be more than willing to match Ferrari financially to retain Hamilton.
Is Ferrari a better option for Hamilton?
Despite challenging times for Mercedes in recent times, there has been no let-up in relations between Hamilton and his team, which he has made clear in all these talks about his future. We know Hamilton will make tough decisions if he feels he must, such as when he shockingly left McLaren to join Mercedes, and the way this move turned out may lead him to believe that One more final push could once again bring the rewards.
While neither Ferrari nor Mercedes pose a threat to Red Bull at the moment, there is little to suggest that Ferrari will emerge as Red Bull’s next rival rather than Mercedes, with the Scuderia battling tire management issues. leaving them at a loss. On race days. Leclerc is running out of title challenges he wants, so if anything, Mercedes would be an ideal outlet for him, with the Monegasque driver also possibly linked to making that switch.