Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has said that he and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton had a 'good hour of conversation' when the 39-year-old first told him of his plans to leave the Brackley-based team.
Now, Wolff has said the only thing that surprised him about Hamilton's exit was the timing, with Mercedes about to embark in a majorly important season as they seek to close the gap to world champions Red Bull.
"We signed the contract with Lewis, we opted for shorter term," the Austrian told Sky Sports.
"So the events are not a surprise, maybe the timing. So what happened is that we got together for coffee in my place in Oxford and basically him returning to the factory, and he said to me that he has decided to race with Ferrari in 2025.
"That was basically it, and we had a good hour of conversation and this is where we are."
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