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Horner Calls Hamilton s Ferrari Switch Quite Exciting for F1

Horner Calls Hamilton’s Ferrari Switch ‘Quite Exciting’ for F1

16/02/2024

In a major F1 shake-up, Lewis Hamilton is set to join Ferrari in 2025, partnering with Charles Leclerc in a move described as “quite exciting” by Christian Horner.

Hamilton will don the red for the first time in his distinguished F1 career next year, partnering with Charles Leclerc. The shocking news, announced in early February, will see Hamilton leaving Mercedes F1 after 12 seasons.

Hamilton has raced with Mercedes throughout his F1 career, starting with McLaren, powered by the German manufacturer. He then made an inspired switch to Mercedes in 2013—a move many criticized at the time but ultimately paid off as he clinched six titles with the team.

Speaking at the launch of Red Bull’s F1 2024 car – the RB20 – Horner shared his reaction to Hamilton’s decision to leave Mercedes.

“First and foremost, I think everyone, including his current team [Mercedes], was surprised by Lewis’s move to Ferrari. He clearly sees something there that he believes in and that serves him better than staying where he is. I think for F1, a Lewis-Ferrari partnership is genuinely exciting.”

Hamilton to Ferrari Shakes Up Red Bull

Hamilton’s move to Ferrari could force Red Bull to replace Sergio Perez, given that the Scuderia will have “a super team” with the seven-time world champion alongside Leclerc.

The 39-year-old has been a thorn in Red Bull’s side over the years, dominating the hybrid era with Mercedes at their expense, while engaging in a titanic duel with them for the titles in 2021.

Horner acknowledged Hamilton’s ability to make “brave” and “inspired” decisions, ultimately believing that this change will be good for the sport as a whole.

“He still has this season to compete with his current team, but he has proven in the past that he does not shy away from making brave decisions.”

“His switch from McLaren to Mercedes didn’t seem like the right move at the time, but it turned out to be an inspired decision.”

“I’m sure he’s thought long and hard about it. For Formula 1, a Hamilton-Ferrari collaboration is quite a big deal.”

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