Lewis Hamilton explains why F1 doesn’t need a transfer window

The Mercedes star is one of several drivers on the move in 2025 after securing a mega deal with Ferrari

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Lewis Hamilton has weighed in with his thoughts on whether Formula 1 should adopt a football-style transfer window to limit when F1 drivers switch teams.

The 39-year-old has some experience in discussing the topic, having agreed a blockbuster move from Mercedes to Ferrari for the 2025 season in February. While the deal had been speculated in the media for some time, Hamilton’s high-profile move was completed in rapid fashion and the F1 paddock was left stunned by news of his departure.

There are still several drivers waiting to discover whether they will have a seat for next year, with Esteban Ocon, Carlos Sainz and one of Valtteri Bottas or Zhou Guanyu among those confirmed to be looking for new teams, while Logan Sargeant is likely to be replaced by Williams.

With so much change in F1, Hamilton is keen for the entertaining aspects of the sport to stay as they are, with the Briton explaining how the current level of uncertainty generates excitement amongst the drivers.

“I think it’s really exciting in the other sports, like in NFL for example,” Hamilton told the written press in Canada, including Total-Motorsport.com. “But I think it’s quite exciting now… no one knows who’s going where. Bit by bit, you see it drips throughout the season.

“And I think when you do have drivers moved around, it does cause this bit of chaos. We’re quite lucky and we feel very fortunate that we’ve got something locked in, and that really enables you to plan for your future and really channel your energy. But it’s exciting for us to now see where everyone’s moving.”

Drivers happy with status quo

Like Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg already knows where he is driving in 2025 after completing a move from Haas to Sauber. The German admitted that having the security of being able to prepare for his move months in advance is a refreshing change to what he is used to.

“It’s actually quite comfortable for me, for the first time in my career, that I that I’m kind of secured and I know where my future is,” Hulkenberg said. “I watched the musical chairs from a distance and it’s a comfortable and kind of nice situation.”

Alpine‘s Pierre Gasly is one of many drivers who will get a new teammate after Ocon’s departure was announced prior to the Canadian GP, and the Frenchman agreed with Hamilton that the driver market should not be fixed if it isn’t broken.

“I think it’s pretty exciting times at the moment with how things are. Since the start of the year, you guys [journalists] wrote a lot about it and kept everyone very busy,” Gasly added.

“So no, I think it’s it’s fun [as it is]. We don’t need to copy everything that others are doing and it’s always been the case in Formula 1, and I think it’s works well that way.”

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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