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Vasseur reveals details of Hamilton’s contract duration with Ferrari F1 – Motorsport Week

Vasseur reveals details of Hamilton’s contract duration with Ferrari F1 – Motorsport Week
Vasseur reveals details of Hamilton’s contract duration with Ferrari F1 – Motorsport Week

Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur has announced that Lewis Hamilton’s first Formula 1 contract with the marque will run for three seasons from 2025.

Hamilton sent shockwaves through Formula 1 before racing even started this season when it was announced he would be making a long-awaited move to Ferrari.

The Briton signed a new contract with Mercedes last September until 2025, but it turned out that it contained a termination clause that allowed his imminent departure.

There have been persistent reports that Hamilton was unhappy that Mercedes did not give him a longer-term contract extension, although team boss Toto Wolff insisted the choice was mutual.

In a statement from Ferrari confirming the series’ most successful driver and team are coming together, it was indicated that Hamilton would sign a multi-year deal next season.

But Vasseur, who worked with the seven-time Formula 1 champion in GP2 in 2006, has indicated that Hamilton has signed a three-year deal with the Maranello-based team.

“He had to make a choice: ‘Where do I have the best chance of winning the world championship in 2025, ’26, ’27?’ He said: ‘Ferrari,’” Vasseur told the Financial Times.

Vasseur remains reserved in his comment on Hamilton’s move to Ferrari.

Vassuer also reiterated his position that Hamilton’s imminent arrival “will be the best way to attract good people” as he seeks to bolster Ferrari’s technical ranks.

Hamilton is moving to Ferrari after ending his Mercedes career with a win at Silverstone last weekend.

Although Vasseur said he was happy with Hamilton’s win, the Frenchman would have preferred outgoing Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz to take victory.

“First of all, I would have been more happy to trust Carlos this weekend,” Vasseur claimed. “No, no, but Lewis will have time to talk about this.

“I’m happy for him because I think he deserves it, but next year we’ll have time to talk about Lewis.

“It’s not today’s topic. No, I have nothing to say about Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.”