Lewis Hamilton discusses the challenge of transitioning to Ferrari

Hamilton will spend the entire 2024 season knowing that it is his last at Mercedes before joining Ferrari

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Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he’s not sure how to navigate the transition from Mercedes to Ferrari as it is not a situation he has been in before. 

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion had his move to Ferrari for 2025 announced at the start of February which was before testing in Bahrain even began.

Whilst Hamilton has moved teams before, swapping McLaren for Mercedes earlier in his F1 career, this is the first time that he has spent so long at a team that he knows he is leaving. 

Hamilton was quizzed about the timing of initiating conversations with Ferrari about the transition period ahead of joining the team.

“I mean at some stage I will have to, I think I’ll start the conversation with Toto [Wolff]. Because I don’t know how to navigate it, I’ve never been in this position before at this point in the year,” Hamilton told the press in Japan. 

“When I was leaving McLaren it was towards the end of the season, I didn’t get to go to Mercedes until, I think it was December when I had my first seat fit when the season was done.”

Ferrari 2025 line-up Leclerc and Hamilton | X.com @F1
Ferrari 2025 line-up Leclerc and Hamilton | X.com @F1

Finishing strongly with Mercedes

Despite the obvious distraction that a contract with Ferrari brings, Hamilton is clear on his commitment to this season with Mercedes.

He stressed that his energy is being put into improving the current car and situation at Mercedes, rather than the future with Ferrari.

“I’m not quite sure yet how I’m going to navigate it but right now I want to finish on a high here so all of my energy is going into this,” Hamilton said.

“Of course there’s excitement for the future but right now we’re going through a difficult phase and that’s my challenge, that where all my energy is going to try and figure out how we can get back to the top, how I can work with the engineers, give better debriefs, give them better direction to get fighting at the front. 

“I’m a competitor first and foremost so thinking about next year is not going to help.”

John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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