Hamilton to leave Mercedes and join Ferrari for 2025 Formula 1 season

Lewis Hamilton will leave Mercedes and join Ferrari for the 2025 Formula 1 season.

Hamilton’s current contract with Mercedes is due to expire at the end of 2025 but he will depart the team after this season and replace Carlos Sainz at Ferrari, Sky Sports News understands.

The seven-time world champion is the most successful driver in F1 history with 103 wins and 104 pole positions. Michael Schumacher is the only other driver with seven world titles.

Charles Leclerc signed a new contract with Ferrari last week and will be Hamilton’s team-mate at Ferrari from next year.

The new 2024 F1 season begins with the Bahrain Grand Prix from February 28 to March 2 – live on Sky Sports F1.

Hamilton, who has not won a race since December 2021, joined Mercedes in 2013 from McLaren and has won six world titles with the team.

He was linked to Ferrari for this year but signed a new two-year contract last summer, along with Mercedes team-mate George Russell, to stay until the end of 2025.

Sky Sports News understands Mercedes employees in Brackley will be made aware of the news today before an announcement. Mercedes will launch their 2024 challenger on February 14.

Ferrari and Mercedes declined to comment when contacted by Sky Sports. (Sky Sports)