Former teammate warns Lewis Hamilton about Ferrari's desperate 'title winning' mentality

This year’s Formula 1 season began with a bang when Lewis Hamilton announced his departure from Mercedes in early 2025. By activating the release claws Hamilton is now set to chase his eighth world championship title with Ferrari next year. 

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This year’s Formula 1 season began with a bang when Lewis Hamilton announced his departure from Mercedes in early 2025. By activating the release claws Hamilton is now set to chase his record-breaking eighth world championship title with Ferrari next year. 

However, ahead of former teammate of Hamilton Jenson Button believes that this move will be more desperate for Ferrari rather than Hamilton. He also warned him to handle the situation where “it’s all about Ferrari winning the World Championships”.

“I think if it was Lewis of sort of seveneight years ago, it will be a tricky relationship. But now, he just seems so relaxed in himself and no, I don’t think they’re going to have issues as being team-mates at all. No more than Carlos Sainz and Charles have right now”, Button told Sky F1 podcast. 

Button recounts the positives of working with Lewis Hamilton

Further speaking about the positives of working with Lewis Hamilton Jenson Button said, “Do I think they’ll work well together? Yes. I think the positives that Charles Leclerc has, he knows the team and speaks Italian. If he wanted to, he could make it difficult for Lewis and that team, the atmosphere.”

“And you can say, ‘Well, that’s not sportsmanlike’, but that’s part of racing and Nico Rosberg will tell you that as well. It’s about getting the team of people behind you, so that gives you strength and it takes away strength from your team-mate.”

“But, Lewis has been around long enough to understand the situation and I’m looking forward to that fight between team-mates”, he concluded. It’s worth noting that after testing some updates in Itay, Ferrari would be keen to tackle McLaren and Red Bull in the upcoming Imola Grand Prix 2024. They will be looking to get enough to make a pole finish in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.  

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