Lewis Hamilton will join Ferrari next year and replace Carlos Sainz at the Scuderia. In sim racing, however, you presumably will not have to wait that long.

Last updated: Fri, 2.2.24, 9:15 am CET

It is the breaking news of F1: Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton will leave Mercedes at the end of 2024 to join Ferrari in 2025 "on a multi-year contract."

Confirmed by Mercedes and Ferrari, Hamilton will join the Scuderia from 2025 and become teammate of Charles Leclerc.

Hamilton: "A New Challenge"​

Hamilton, 39, said leaving Mercedes "was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make." However, he felt that "the time is right for me to take this step and I'm excited to be taking on a new challenge."

He also emphasized that he would be 100 % committed going into his last season with Mercedes and that he wanted "to finish on a high together" with the team.

SkySports Knew First​

SkySports were the first to report this sensation Thursday morning. In the afternoon, SkySports then also reported that Mercedes employees in Brackley had already been told that Hamilton would be leaving at the end of the 2024 season.

The evening then saw the official confirmation of the mega deal by the Scuderia Ferrari.

Hamilton meets Leclerc at Ferrari​

At Ferrari, Hamilton will be Charles Leclerc's teammate. Ferrari announced a contract extension with the 26-year-old Monegasque last week, but the second cockpit for the 2025 season was still vacant. Spaniard Carlos Sainz was only tied to the team from Maranello until the end of the year.

The switch to Ferrari means new territory for Hamilton. Throughout his Formula 1 career, the Briton has always raced with Mercedes engines. From 2007 to 2012 for McLaren, since 2013 for the works team, Hamilton has won seven driver's world championship titles and achieved 103 race victories.

As the sandbox game in sim racing, with mods Assetto Corsa can come very close to the real thing. Image credit: SuzQ

Drive with Lewis in Red Already in 2024​

If you do not want to wait until next year to see Hamilton in the red overall and the F1 cars of the same color from Maranello, there is this great hobby called sim racing!

Because indeed only a few hours after the news, the first Ferrari SF-23 reskin with #44, helmet, gloves and suit in Hamilton style was released for AC!

We recommend you keep your eyes peeled on the download sections on RD for F1 23 or Assetto Corsa for more Hamilton at Ferrari fixes! You can even have a further look into the future by driving on the new Madrid Circuit which is only on the calendar for 2026, but already out for AC.

Of course, we will update this article as soon as further good assets are available.