Could Adrian Newey Join Lewis Hamilton At Ferrari?

Could Adrian Newey Join Lewis Hamilton At Ferrari?
Could Adrian Newey Join Lewis Hamilton At Ferrari?

Ex-Ferrari racer Mika Salo feels there’s more behind Lewis Hamilton‘s surprising switch from Mercedes to Ferrari for 2025.

Hamilton, 39, used a special option to leave his fresh 2-year deal and surprised his boss, Toto Wolff, with news of changing teams.

Salo, from Finland, who had his unexpected start with Ferrari in 1999 after Michael Schumacher’s injury, thinks there are big details about the move that haven’t been shared yet.

“I believe Hamilton knows something that the rest of us do not yet know,” he told Iltalehti newspaper.

“Whether it is related to the development of Ferrari’s car or the staff of the team, it is difficult to say. However, there must be a reason why he made the decision to move. In light of the current power balance in F1, it would otherwise make no sense.”

Seven time world champion Hamilton argues simply that it’s always been his “childhood dream” to race in red – but 57-year-old Salo suspects that more bombshell news might still be brewing.

“It’s hard to assess how much Hamilton’s arrival will impact Ferrari,” he said. “Success involves so many other requirements than the driver.

“There are a lot of question marks in Red Bull’s situation at the moment, for example, and there is no other car designer like Adrian Newey. If Ferrari could sign him too, I think they would have a winning team again.”

Salo drove briefly for Ferrari in the heady Schumacher days, but he says he was never fazed by the special pressure of representing the fabled brand.

“In my case, the media, fans and all the other commotion didn’t bother me,” he smiled. “At least at that time, it was well taken care of there that the drivers focus on driving, and the rest of the people take care of everything else like media relations.”

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