- Charles Leclerc was reportedly shocked by Ferrari's decision to sign Lewis Hamilton.
- The article which published the news was eventually taken down, likely due to lack of authenticity.
The 2024 season started with a blast as the news of Lewis Hamilton moving to Ferrari to continue his successful career in the sport surfacing. The champion who spent 11 years with the Silver Arrows team decided to change his path for the 2025 season and hope for his 8th title. However, it seems that Charles Leclerc was not so happy with the sudden decision.
The 2024 season started with news of Andretti being rejected, Christian Horner falling in deep trouble to lose his place as a team principal, and Hamilton’s dramatic switch in his team. Nevertheless, reports of Leclerc being aware of Hamilton’s switch and Carlos Sainz losing his mind came into the picture. But the recent reports of the Monegasque not being aware, have left many confused.
Charles Leclerc’s disappointment in Lewis Hamilton decision fills Ferrari
The seven-time world champion left the F1 community shattered and shocked after announcing his plans to fulfill yet another one of his childhood wishes. He talked about wanting to drive in Ferrari red after having achieved everything while continuing to chase his 8th title. Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz was seen rather upset with the whole situation.
The Spaniard talked about how unfair it was to him to lose a seat while preparing for the 2024 season with Ferrari. While he has no other offers to secure a seat for 2025 until Audi enters the sport in 2026, Hamilton is prepared to change the course of action to clinch the record-breaking title. Nevertheless, new reports of Leclerc seem to differ from what was said before.
Earlier, around the time of Hamilton’s switch, it was revealed that Leclerc was aware of Hamilton joining Ferrari and soon signed a contract extension with the team himself. Nevertheless, it seems the conversation about having the champion at Ferrari was a rather “disappointing” conversation and filled the Maranello quarters with tension.
The reports mentioned that instead of being happy, the Monegasque was disappointed with Ferrari’s decision and the thought of joining Hamilton shocked him. Corriere dello Sport confirmed that the Ferraro race winner “had no idea what was about to happen.” However, since then, the article has been taken down from the website and is no longer available.
With no surety of what is true and false, fans can only take the fact that Hamilton is excited to start a new journey into consideration.
Lewis Hamilton’s ‘Ferrari dream’ backfires
Lewis Hamilton. made a significant post to confirm the news of him moving to Ferrari. The driver wrote a beautiful thanks to the Mercedes team and the 11 years he had spent with them and mentioned his dream to someday drive for the Prancing Horse. After having waited for three years, Hamilton finally made up his mind to rely on Ferrari to produce a championship-winning car.
However, Fernando Alonso believes otherwise. After the Briton revealed the “Ferrari dream”, the Spaniard spoke about it in an interview saying, “It was not his childhood dream 12 months ago, no? Or two months ago I guess, because it was a different dream than”
Fernando Alonso responds to Lewis Hamilton’s comments that driving for Ferrari is a “childhood dream”:
— Fastest Pitstop (@FastestPitStop) February 12, 2024
While Alonso and Hamilton have had a short-lived rivalry during their McLaren days, the two seem to have continued their love-hate relationship. Alonso became a two-time champion with Renault and soon watched Hamilton, a rookie, surpass him and achieve more in his beloved sport. While they continue to race together and have maintained respect, Hamilton’s move has left Alonso confused too.