Vasseur reveals that Hamilton has signed a three-year contract with Ferrari

Ferrari boss Fred Vasseur has revealed that Lewis Hamilton has signed a three-year contract with the Italian team, not two years as announced in February.

Before the start of the current season, the motorsport world was in disbelief when the information arrived that the seven-time world champion decided to change the team with which he won six titles.

Signing for Ferrari was a major turning point in the Briton’s career. In the 2023 season, cooperation with Mercedes was extended. However, there was a clause in his signing that he could leave after one year.

It was this item that was the turning point for Hamilton to move to the team that he later said was from his childhood. Although it was initially said that the contract was signed for two years, it was learned that it was longer, as revealed by the Ferrari boss.

“He had to make a choice: where do I have the best chance to win the world championship in 2025, 2026 and 2027? And he said: Ferrari,'” Vasseur told the FT.

Hamilton reportedly wanted a three-year contract with Mercedes when he signed his previous contract with them last year, but Mercedes reportedly refused.

Vasseur, who is also keen to bring in Red Bull technical director Adriana Newey, noted that he expects Hamilton’s presence to be “the best way to attract attractive people” to his team.

“We have good people at Ferrari, but I want to strengthen them. Lewis was an important symbol because he sends a positive message to the paddock for the future of the team.”

“Most of the technicians in F1 are in Great Britain. If you go from Mercedes in Brackley to Red Bull in Milton Keynes, keep the kids in the same school, keep the same house.”

“From Friday to Monday you can change. Arriving in Italy is another story. You have to move the family; it is life changing. Lewis’ transfer will help us convince [the move to Ferrari],” added Fred Vasseur.