Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes-Benz are coming to the finish line, with the seven-time Formula One champion and the German automaker announcing the coming season will be their last. The British driver is joining Ferrari next year.
Hamilton signed a two-year agreement with Mercedes in the summer, but activated a release option in the contract, making this season his last driving for the Silver Arrows, according to a statement by Mercedes-AMG Petronas.
Scuderia Ferrari confirmed the development, announcing Thursday that Hamilton would be joining the team in 2025 on a multiyear contract.
“The news brings to an end to what is currently a 17-year relationship in F1 with Mercedes-Benz and an 11-year-long partnership with the works team,” Mercedes said in the statement.
Hamilton signed with Mercedes in 2013, winning half a dozen of his seven world titles with the team by 2020.
“Mercedes has been part of my life since I was 13 years old. It’s a place where I have grown up, so making the decision to leave was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make,” Hamilton, 39, stated. “I am 100% committed to delivering the best performance I can this season and making my last year with the Silver Arrows one to remember.”
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