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Lewis Hamilton reveals biggest fears over Ferrari seat months before moving to Maranello

Lewis Hamilton reveals biggest fears over Ferrari seat months before moving to Maranello
Lewis Hamilton reveals biggest fears over Ferrari seat months before moving to Maranello

Lewis Hamilton’s move to Ferrari in 2025 is heavily in question after his victory at the British GP. Mercedes’ latest upgrade package has propelled them to back-to-back victories, while Ferrari has fallen to fourth-best. This simultaneous change was apparent even before the British GP. However, the seven-time champion confirmed his transfer decision at Silverstone on Thursday, silencing journalists who had doubted his seemingly ill-timed move to Ferrari. But after the British GP, Hamilton has candidly revealed what the biggest challenge awaits him in Italy next year.

Since Ferrari’s announcement in February, analysts have agreed on one major issue: who will be the team’s “number 1” driver in 2025? But neither team boss Frederic Vasseur nor the drivers expect any problems in the dynamic. Lewis Hamilton, however, expects the cultural aspect of this team change to affect him greatly. The Briton has only driven for two F1 teams, McLaren and Mercedes, and both are based in his native UK. Ferrari, however, an Italian team, is often regarded as a “national team,” with passionate fans and even the media able to influence the organization.

After his 9th British GP win, Hamilton sat down with Martin Brundle. When asked if he was keen to join the Maranello outfit next year, “Naturally,” he answered. “It’s also daunting because it’s new territory, a new experience. It’s going to be challenging, but you know, I love a challenge.”

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When asked further what changes he would face, he replied: “I expect it to be very different. The two teams I’ve played for are British teams. So I’m going to a completely different culture in Italy. If you think about it, us Brits are quieter and calmer. When you’re successful, when you’re having tough days, everyone is a bit more relaxed. Whereas Italians are much more emotional. It’s a very, very different culture,” Hamilton repeated. “I don’t really know what to expect, but I’ve raced in Italy. So yeah, expect it to be very different, but special and unique,” he concluded.

Do you think Lewis Hamilton’s fear of joining Ferrari is justified?

Yes, Ferrari’s history is daunting

No, he is a seasoned champion

Maybe it depends on the team dynamics

Absolutely, the pressure at Ferrari is immense

Earlier this year, Hamilton shared how fondly he remembers Italy from his childhood. Years before he and Nico Rosberg became arch-rivals as Mercedes teammates, they toured circuits in Italy for races.

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Lewis Hamilton’s childhood connection with Italy and its culture

Italy deserves more credit for its contribution to Formula 1. It already has two iconic circuits on the Formula 1 calendar and is home to the pinnacle of motorsport’s most successful team of all time: the team Lewis Hamilton heads to. But the southern European country also has several junior motorsport circuits and the Briton visited and stayed in several cities during his early career.

This year in Imola he reminisced about those glorious days. “Back when I came here… I raced with Nico (Rosberg) a long, long time ago in Sarno, Jesolo, Parma and Lonato. We ate so much pizza. God! We ate three pizzas a night and Penne Arrabiata. I have to be careful because next year I might be fat, I don’t know,” he joked.

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So Hamilton has not one, but two fears when he joins Ferrari. But the food aspect can also be chalked up to cultural change. And we’re back to square one. On the performance front, Mercedes can now promise to give him a fitting send-off. But can Ferrari promise a similar start to their partnership next year?