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Lewis Hamilton wants to end Mercedes stint ‘on a high’ before Ferrari switch

The 39-year-old won 82 of his record 103 races with Mercedes, who won eight consecutive constructors’ titles from 2014 to 2021.

However, Hamilton has not won a race since the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021, which preceded that season’s controversial title-decider in Abu Dhabi where the race director’s failure to follow the rules correctly meant he missed out on a record eighth world title.

He finished sixth in the drivers’ standings in 2022 and was third last season as Mercedes were usurped by Red Bull as Formula 1’s dominant team.

“The time is right to make a change and take on a new challenge,” said Hamilton in a social media post.

“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.”

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