This is one of the most shocking “blows” of the market in the history of Formula 1. Certainly the most impressive since Michael Schumacher's move from Benetton to Ferrari in 1996. But also since the return of “Schumi” to active action in 2010 with Mercedes.
Schumacher's moves, however, had been foreshadowed by rumors for days.
Hamilton at Ferrari, on the other hand, was little more than a hypothesis, repeatedly denied by all parties involved despite mutual appreciation.
The scheming by both team president John Elkann and Fred Vasseur was not even hinted at. And not only because Hamilton signed a contract renewal with Mercedes last year until the end of 2025.
All this was true until yesterday, when the first signs of a sudden climate change arrived. To get to the rapid developments of the last few hours.
To tell the truth, there must not have been a single person even remotely seriously involved in the world of Formula 1 who believed that the time would not come for Lewis Hamilton to become a resident of Maranello.
Things are very simple. For every great driver of this sport, Ferrari has always been the “holy grail” of Formula 1. The team he would like to race for at some point in his career. Many have succeeded. Others came very close to the tap, like Ayrton Senna. But they did not drink water. And there were those too, whose name became synonymous with “scuderia”. First of all Michael Schumacher.
It was logical that Hamilton's time would come. And long overdue, one might say. And that is largely the case.