Lewis Hamilton has spoken out for the second time two days after announcing his shock move to Ferrari…
Hamilton’s statement was already part of Mercedes’ official press release on Thursday at 20:00 our time. Today, he posted another reaction on social media.
“It’s been a crazy few days full of all kinds of emotions,” Hamilton wrote. “But as you all know by now, after 11 incredible years with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team, it’s time to start a new chapter in my life. I will join the Scuderia Ferrari team in 2025.”
“I feel incredibly lucky that after achieving things with Mercedes that I could only dream of as a child, I now have the opportunity to fulfill another childhood dream – to drive a red Ferrari.”
“Mercedes has been a huge part of my life since I was 13, so this decision was the hardest I’ve ever had to make. I’m incredibly proud of everything we’ve achieved together and I’m very grateful for the hard work and dedication of everyone I’ve worked with over the years, and of course Toto for his friendship, guidance and leadership.”
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“Together we have won titles, broken records and become the most successful driver-team partnership in F1 history. And of course I can’t forget Niki, who was a great support for me and who I still miss every day.”
“I must also share my enormous thanks to the entire Mercedes-Benz Board of Directors and all the company’s employees in Germany and around the world for supporting me all these 26 years.”
However, the time has come for a change and a new challenge.
“However, the time has come for a change and a new challenge. I still remember the feeling when I first joined Mercedes in 2013, when I decided to take a leap into the unknown. I know some people didn’t understand it at the time, but I did well to make that move then, and I still feel that way now. I’m excited to see what I can bring to this new opportunity and what we can accomplish together.”
“But at the moment I’m not thinking about 2025. I am focused on the upcoming season and getting back on track with Mercedes. I’m more determined than ever, I’m fitter and more focused than ever and I want to help Mercedes win again. I am 100% committed to the work that I have to do and determined to finish working with the team on a high note.”
“Thank you to everyone who has been with me on this journey. You all lifted me up as I chased my dreams and I hope to continue to make you proud. As always, sending you love and positive energy.”