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Lewis Hamilton opens up on 'hardest decision' to leave Mercedes for 'new chapter' with Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton opens up on 'hardest decision' to leave Mercedes for 'new chapter' with Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton said his Mercedes exit to join Ferrari is because he believes it is time to write "a new chapter" in his record-breaking F1 career.

Hamilton was speaking for the first time at length since his blockbuster move to the Italian giants in 2025 was confirmed earlier this month.

The 39-year-old, who joined Mercedes from McLaren in 2013, signed a two-year contract extension only last August.

But over the winter he elected to terminate his £100million deal 12 months early to make the switch.

"Obviously in the summer we signed and at that time I saw my future with Mercedes," said Hamilton as he opened up on his decision to make the move to Ferrari.

"But an opportunity came up in the New Year and I decided to take it. I feel like it was the hardest decision I have ever had to make.

"I have had a relationship with Mercedes since I was 13. They have supported me, and we have had an incredible journey together, created history within the sport and it is something I take a lot of pride in.

"But ultimately I am writing my story, and I felt like it was time to start a new chapter."