F1 star likens the impact of Lewis Hamilton’s move to Ferrari to Messi’s MLS move

Lionel Messi's move to MLS likened to Lewis Hamilton's move to Ferrari || Image credit: Imago

F1 star likens the impact of Lewis Hamilton’s move to Ferrari to Messi’s MLS move

Faruq Ibrahim 21:41 - 12.02.2024

The buzz generated from Lewis Hamilton's shocking switch from Mercedes to Ferrari has been likened to the impact Messi's move to the MLS.

Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari have announced a blockbuster partnership for 2025 in a stunning twist that sent shockwaves through the Formula 1 world. The move, likened to soccer icon Lionel Messi's headline-grabbing transfer to the MLS, has left fans and drivers alike reeling. 

Among the surprised is Alex Albon, who didn't shy away from comparing the magnitude of Hamilton's switch to Ferrari with Messi's move to Miami.

"For me, it just shows you how big Lewis [Hamilton] is, seeing the stock of Ferrari going up as much as it did and just seeing the general perception of the news. It reminds me of the Messi Miami transfer on such a huge scale and just shows you the appetite for Formula 1," Albon said, echoing the sentiments of many, as per PlanetF1.

A Game-Changing Move

Hamilton's leap to Ferrari is not just a sports story; it's a seismic event in the world of Formula 1, mirroring the impact of Messi's move in soccer. Both Hamilton and Messi are viewed as GOATs in their respective fields, making any move they make monumental. 

Hamilton's decision to join Ferrari, the oldest and most successful team in F1 history, is particularly staggering, both in terms of sporting and financial implications.

The deal, reportedly worth $400 million, includes a whopping $100 million salary for Hamilton, along with significant contributions to his charity. The move has not only boosted Ferrari's market cap but has also solidified its business standing, making it a win-win for both parties involved. 

Lewis Hamilton to join Ferrari next season.
Lewis Hamilton to join Ferrari next season. (Photo Credit: Giuliano Duchessa/X)

With Ferrari showing promising performance in the latter half of the season and being the only team to challenge Red Bull's dominance, Hamilton's decision seems both ambitious and strategic.

Searching for Belonging

Behind the headlines, there's a deeper narrative of Hamilton seeking a new home where he feels valued. Signs of estrangement at Mercedes, especially during moments of triumph, have fueled speculation about Hamilton's future. 

Ferrari's offer, rumoured to include assurances about the competitiveness of their 2026-spec car, seems to have offered Hamilton the sense of belonging and ambition he craved.

As Hamilton gears up to don the iconic Ferrari red, the F1 world is already buzzing with anticipation for the renewed rivalry between him and Max Verstappen. With Ferrari's deep understanding of upcoming regulation changes, the stage is set for an epic showdown in 2025. 

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