Lewis Hamilton dismisses notions he regrets Ferrari move

Lewis Hamilton will part the Mercedes works team at the end of 2024 after joining in 2013

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Lewis Hamilton stunned the Formula 1 world in February by announcing a dramatic switch to Ferrari to replace Carlos Sainz, but with Mercedes beating them at the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix, many are wondering if he regrets his decision to move.

Mercedes not only outqualified both Ferrari cars at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Saturday but they also beat both of them in Sunday’s latest F1 race as George Russell repelled Charles Leclerc despite running the unfavourable hard tyre against the softs.

It comes after the Silver Arrows introduced a lightweight floor and builds upon their successful result at the Canadian GP, where they finished third and fourth whilst Fred Vasseur’s team crashed out in Q2.

“Not at all,” Hamilton decisively told media, including Total-Motorsport.com, on regrets about his Ferrari move, at the 2024 Spanish GP. “Firstly, I love Mercedes. I’ve been with Mercedes since I was 13 and I’ll always be a fan and supporter of Mercedes.

“My job this year is to work as hard as I can with the crew that I have, with the people back at the factory, to try and move and develop the car in the right direction and so ultimately whatever course that we introductory the team is on.

Despite the positive result in Spain, Mercedes still trail Ferrari by a huge 119 points through 10 rounds of the 2024 F1 season, whilst the Italians are just 60 points behind Red Bull in the hunt to become constructors’ champions.

Ferrari have also taken two race wins, one in Australia through Sainz and the other in Monaco through Leclerc and have won the second-most races since the dawn of the ground effect era, despite changing their car concept a few times too.

“My job will start next year at the other team, who I think are doing a great job,” Hamilton added. I think they’ve had a couple of difficult races but let’s not forget they had a race win in Monaco.

“I can’t tell you what is wrong with their car and why they are in the position they’re in today, but they did bring an upgrade here and I think they are definitely progressing, so it doesn’t make me second guess my decision.”

Hamilton calls for Mercedes perspective

In the final year of the highly-successful Mercedes partnership that has seen them claim countless wins, poles and podiums as well as 15 titles since he joined in 2013, there is a big question about whether the veteran Brit will be able to sign off with a victory before swapping Brackley for Maranello.

But Hamilton, who is winless since the 2021 Saudi Arabian GP despite coming close on several occasions, calls for perspective about the Silver Arrows’ current predicament and admitted that simply progressing the car forwards is an achievement for Mercedes this season.

“It’d be nice,” Hamilton added about signing off with a win. “But I think considering where we’ve come from, just having consistency and significantly putting the team further up in the points has got to be the target.

“I think right now, let’s just try and have more consistent weekends like this and then we’ll see but we aren’t yet currently in a position to be able to fight them for wins. Maybe Montreal.

“George probably should have won that one, but if I had qualified where I feel I should have then there was potential there too. So, we’ll see in the next few races.”

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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