1996 Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill has praised Lewis Hamilton for 'taking command' of his career by choosing to ditch Mercedes for Ferrari.
The seven-time world champion will team up with the Maranello-based outfit in 2025, ending the iconic partnership between the Brit and Mercedes, who claimed six drivers' world titles together.
While Hamilton's switch to Ferrari came as a huge shock for the F1 world, the Brit has revealed his desire to challenge himself elsewhere, and he will be hoping that he has now given himself a few more years to fight for an unprecedented eighth world title.
“Lewis has taken command of his career and his direction,” Hill said in a discussion on Sky Sports.
“It’s not like Mercedes have said to him, ‘Oh, we’ve signed someone else’, which is what happened with me," the Brit said referencing Williams' desire to replace the world champion in 1996.
“But I think that, this decision, we know it’s a given [regarding] the Ferrari benefits of the brand and all the other things that come with [it], the romance and the history and all of that, it’s a given.
"But I think there’s more to this, which is I thought there was evidence that Ferrari were starting to solidify as a competitive package."
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