Charles Leclerc’s camp has allegedly expressed dissatisfaction with the recent announcement of Lewis Hamilton joining Ferrari for the 2025 Formula 1 season. The seven-time world champion is set to replace Carlos Sainz and partner with Leclerc at the iconic Prancing Horse, but not everyone in Leclerc’s team appears thrilled about the collaboration.
Contrary to initial reports suggesting Leclerc’s anticipation to work alongside Hamilton, Italian publication Corriere dello Sport claims otherwise. The primary concern, according to the report, revolves around the timing of the announcement, leaving Leclerc’s camp less than pleased.
Reportedly, Ferrari informed Leclerc about Hamilton’s impending arrival after the Monegasque driver had already extended his contract with the team beyond the 2024 season. This untimely revelation has sparked discontent within Leclerc’s entourage, raising questions about the potential reputational damage of sharing the track with Hamilton.
The report further suggests that Leclerc’s team is apprehensive about the possibility of his stock diminishing if he were to be overshadowed by the arrival of a ‘newcomer.’ However, they acknowledge that a successful season, finishing above Hamilton in the Drivers’ standings, could significantly enhance Leclerc’s stature in the Formula 1 community.
As of now, Charles Leclerc has not publicly addressed the news of Hamilton’s arrival. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton, who confirmed his move from Mercedes to Ferrari on Thursday, shared an emotional tribute to his former team on social media.
“I feel incredibly fortunate, after achieving things with Mercedes that I could only have dreamed of as a kid, that I now have the chance to fulfill another childhood dream – driving in Ferrari red,” Hamilton expressed in a post shared on Instagram and X.
Acknowledging the difficulty of the decision, Hamilton paid tribute to his time with Mercedes, highlighting the team’s achievements and expressing gratitude for the support received over the 26 years of his association with the German outfit.