Lewis Hamilton has posted on social media for the first time since his shock move to Ferrari from Mercedes was confirmed.
The 39-year-old is set to make a “leap of faith” and leave Mercedes after 11 years to begin what he called a “childhood dream” by racing for Ferrari.
Two days after his announcement was confirmed, Hamilton took to his Twitter account to post a heartfelt message to Mercedes as well as describe his rationale behind departing.
Lewis Hamilton fulfils ‘childhood dream’ as Mercedes departure reasons given
Hamilton had not spoken since a statement given via Mercedes on Thursday but has now posted a longer message onto his personal Twitter account.
The seven-time World Champion described joining Ferrari as his dream and said he wanted to “start a new chapter in my life.”
“It’s been a crazy few days which have been filled with a whole range of emotions,” he said.
“But as you all now know, after an incredible 11 years at Mercedes, the time has come for me to start a new chapter in my life and I will be joining Ferrari in 2025.
“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 fulfil another childhood dream. Driving in Ferrari red.”
Hamilton went on to thank Mercedes, in particular Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda, as they became the most successful driver-team partnership in F1 history.
“Mercedes has been a huge part of my life since I was 13 years old, so this decision has been the hardest I’ve ever had to make,” Hamilton, who has driven with Mercedes engines all his career, said.
“I’m incredibly proud of all that we’ve achieved together and I’m very grateful for the hard work and dedication of everyone I have worked with over the years and of course Toto, for his friendship, guidance and leadership. Together we have won titles, broken records and become the most successful driver-team partnership in F1 history. And of course I cannot forget Niki who was a huge supporter and who I still miss everyday.
It’s been a crazy few days which have been filled with a whole range of emotions.
But as you all now know, after an incredible 11 years at Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team, the time has come for me to start a new chapter in my life and I will be joining Scuderia Ferrari in 2025.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) February 3, 2024
“I must also share my huge appreciation to the whole of the Mercedes-Benz board and everyone at the company in Germany and around the world for supporting me over these 26 years.
“But the time is right to make a change and take on a new challenge. I still remember the feeling of taking a leap of faith into the unknown when I first joined Mercedes in 2013. I know some people didn’t understand it at the time but I was right to make the move then and it’s the feeling I have again now. I’m excited to see what I can bring to this new opportunity and what we can do together.
“However, right now, I’m not thinking about 2025. My focus is on the upcoming season and getting back out on track with Mercedes.
“I am more driven than ever, I am fitter and more focussed than than ever and I want to help Mercedes win once again. I am 100% committed to the job I need to do and determined to end my partnership with the team on a high.
“Thank you to all of you who have been on this journey with me, you have all lifted me up as I chase my dreams and I hope I can continue to make you proud. As always, sending you my love and positive energy.”