- Lewis Hamilton agreed a shock £40m change from Mercedes to Ferrari in 2025
- The Brit will hope to dethrone Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen with the Scuderia
- However David Coulthard says Hamilton’s largest menace could possibly be his new team-mate
Mercedes driver Hamilton shocked the game earlier this month by agreeing a bombshell £40million transfer to Ferrari from 2025, calling an finish to his 13-year stick with the Silver Arrows.
Regardless of as soon as claiming he would see out his profession at Mercedes and even stay a model ambassador there for the remainder of his life, Hamilton made use of an exit clause on the second 12 months of his new two-year deal to affix the game’s most well-known crew on a multi-year contract.
Carlos Sainz confirmed he’ll make approach for Hamilton on the finish of subsequent season, with Leclerc set to associate the seven-time world champion on the Scuderia.
Coulthard believes Leclerc will symbolize the Brit’s ‘largest problem’ when he arrives on the Ferrari paddock, as he backs the 26-year-old driver to grow to be a future world champion.
Charles Leclerc will probably be Lewis Hamilton’s largest problem at Ferrari, David Coulthard believes
Hamilton shocked the game with a bombshell £40m transfer from Mercedes to Ferrari from 2025
Admitting his shock at Hamilton’s change, he instructed Planet F1: ‘I simply by no means imagined he would successfully – even on good phrases – break that successful relationship that is been going since he was 12 years outdated with Mercedes.
‘However that stated, I feel it’s extremely thrilling for Formulation 1. It would give an enormous impetus to Ferrari in relation to bringing [in] engineers and folks actually perceive that they are getting an unbelievable driver.
‘I’ve to say, I feel he’ll discover certainly one of his largest challenges in Charles Leclerc.
‘Charles is a younger, brilliantly quick race driver. Sure, he would not have the World Championships and expertise of Lewis, however I feel he is a Champion in ready, in order that might be the place Lewis faces his best problem.
‘I feel Charles is likely one of the quickest single-lap drivers on the market.’
Hamilton has been uncharacteristically out of the championship image for the final two seasons, with Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen dominating the Formulation One circuit.
Hamilton has been within the shadow of Crimson Bull’s three-time championship winner Max Verstappen (left) over the previous few seasons however hopes to return to the highest of F1 on the Scuderia
Coulthard insists Leclerc is a future world champion and described him as ‘brilliantly quick’
The Dutchman claimed his third consecutive world title in October, establishing himself as one of many greats within the sport’s historical past.
Though Hamilton will probably be desirous to topple Crimson Bull’s dominance at Mercedes, Martin Brundle agreed that team-mate Leclerc may find yourself the 39-year-old veteran’s best rival by way of tempo.
He instructed Sky Sports: ‘Leclerc I feel is probably, on an outright qualifying lap, the quickest driver on the market in the meanwhile, even together with Max Verstappen.
‘He is blindingly quick, tends to run into just a few issues he did not must occasionally and fly off the street, Charles, as a result of he simply drives so close to the restrict.’