The lore of journalism states that rumor is the prelude to news, and so it proved with the announcement that seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of joining Ferrari.
Hamilton has agreed to a deal to start the next chapter of his career with The Prancing Horse in the 2025 season. It has been several years since a move of this magnitude has taken place in Formula 1: among the most sensational in recent decades was that of Hamilton himself from McLaren to Mercedes to replace Michael Schumacher in 2013.
Fernando Alonso also claimed a prominent place among the headline-making moves in F1 when, in 2010, and following some issues with Hamilton himself, he signed for Ferrari while at McLaren. Five years later, he returned to Ron Dennis’ team.
Despite making a living driving at over 350 km/h in single-seaters approaching 1,000 hp, Hamilton himself has admitted in some interviews to experiencing problems driving off the track. “I just think that I find it stressful,” he told Vanity Fair, explaining that he doesn’t actually like driving on roads.
To minimize that stress, the seven-time world champion has recently been driving a very simple and modest vehicle: a Smart ForTwo EQ that accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.5 seconds and barely reaches 130 km/h top speed.
Lewis Hamilton’s garage
Nevertheless, his love of cars is unwavering, and in his garage he has a personal collection that to astound any car enthusiast. Among other models, Hamilton owns a Mercedes SLS Black Series (631 hp) and an AMG GT (843 hp). He is the official driver of the German F1 team for a reason.
But he has also acquired exclusive sports cars from other brands, such as the McLaren F1 (627 hp), McLaren P1 (903 hp), Ferrari 599 GTO (670 hp), Ferrari LaFerrari (960 hp), Pagani Zonda 760 LH (760 hp) and an original 1966 Shelby Cobra (431 hp).
As such, Ferrari will be pleased to know that one of their greatest rivals in recent years has two of their most legendary models in his private garage, a collection that he will undoubtedly continue to add to after joining the Scuderia.
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