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Hamilton to open Wolff talks at Mercedes amid Ferrari F1 move uncertainty

Hamilton to open Wolff talks at Mercedes amid Ferrari F1 move uncertainty

Hamilton to open Wolff talks at Mercedes amid Ferrari F1 move uncertainty

Hamilton to open Wolff talks at Mercedes amid Ferrari F1 move uncertainty

Lewis Hamilton admitted he will need to talk with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff about his Ferrari move.

The air hangs heavy at Mercedes headquarters. Hamilton, the face of the Silver Arrows for an era-defining decade, will be leaving the team and joining Ferrari next season, replacing Carlos Sainz and partnering with Charles Leclerc.

READ MORE: Hamilton WARNED by Ferrari chief over performance levels

This leaves a gaping hole in the Mercedes garage, and Wolff faces a critical decision on who will replace the seven-time champion.

The Brit, for his part, remains laser-focused on his final season with Mercedes, hoping to secure at least one victory before their journey together concludes. The sting of the 2021 season finale in Abu Dhabi, where a controversial late-race call by Michael Masi snatched the championship from his grasp, still lingers.

A race win, at least, would be a fitting farewell after a winless streak stretching back to the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

However, Hamilton has now admitted that he needs to talk with Wolff to discuss his historic move to Ferrari next season.

READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE: Hamilton to Ferrari 'a big risk' according to McLaren driver

Lewis Hamilton hasn't won a race since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
The seven-time world champion has been struggling with Mercedes since 2022

Hamilton: 'I don't know how to navigate'

This isn't an entirely unfamiliar position for Hamilton, as he switched from McLaren to Mercedes in 2013, in a move which also shocked the F1 world.

However, there's a crucial difference between his past switch and this one. His previous transfer was announced much later in the 2012 season, on September 28.

Now, with a significant chunk of the 2024 season yet to unfold, Hamilton acknowledges the uncharted territory he finds himself in, not knowing when Mercedes may stop sharing information about their car with the 39-year-old.

"I think it will start with a conversation with Toto, because I don't know how to navigate", the Brit admitted to German publication Motorsport-Total.

"I've never been in this position before at this point of the year.

"When I was leaving McLaren, it was towards the end of the season. I didn't get to go to Mercedes till, I think, it was in December when I had my first seat fit, after the season was done. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to navigate it."

READ MORE: Former Ferrari star suggests team rethinking Hamilton Sainz switch

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