Lewis Hamilton urged to leave Mercedes for F1 rivals Ferrari

Eddie Jordan has suggested to Sir Lewis Hamilton that he joins Ferrari with Mercedes’ woes continuing this season.

Two races into the 2023 Formula One season, Hamilton is fifth in the standings but just like last year, his Mercedes car is nowhere near as quick as the frontrunners.

Red Bull are tipped to runaway with the title again after recording back-to-back 1-2 finishes in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, with Max Verstappen edging Sergio Perez at the top of the standings.

Though it is still incredibly early in the year, the chances of Hamilton winning a record eighth world title are practically non-existent, with even race wins looking like a far off dream right now.

All this has fueled speculation that the 38-year-old could leave the Silver Arrows at the end of the year when his contract expires, even after he reiterated his commitment to the team prior to the season opener.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is also hopeful Hamilton will extend his stay but admitted his star driver may look to leave if they cannot deliver a competitive car.

Former F1 team owner Jordan believes the time might be right to for the British sporting legend to leave the team he has driven for for a decade and suggested where he should move to.

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Could Hamilton leave Mercedes for Ferrari (Photo: Getty)

‘Formula 1 needs Lewis Hamilton in a Ferrari and Ferrari needs Lewis Hamilton,’ the 74-year-old told OLBG.

‘Hamilton should look to go to another Championship-winning team, but the drama is who is going to move aside? Red Bull would not let Sergio Perez for Hamilton because they try to encourage drivers who have been through their teams to try and reach the top like Max Verstappen did.

‘Hamilton is a McLaren man, but I can’t see him going back there because of the position they’re in. The only other places I see Hamilton going is Ferrari or staying at Mercedes.

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Toto Wolff must improve Mercedes’ fortunes in order to keep Hamilton (Photo: Getty)

‘At the moment, there’s no contract signed and Toto Wolff said if he was Hamilton he would consider leaving. What would I be thinking if I was Hamilton, am I really loved here? What is actually happening at Mercedes?

‘I’m not in the thick of things like I used to be. I don’t know Wolff’s point of view on the situation but I believe when he says he wants Hamilton to stay. But the Mercedes is not good enough for Hamilton.’

Hamilton has previously spoken of his admiration for Ferrari and desire to drive there one day, though the opportunity has never really materialised.

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Charles Leclerc has been linked to Mercedes in the past (Photo: Getty)

Having perhaps the greatest driver of all-time move to the greatest team of all-time would be iconic no doubt, but moving to Maranello would not be easy, especially with both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. contracted to the Scuderia until the end of 2024.

But Jordan has a solution to this, adding: ‘Charles Leclerc is very much a Mercedes type of driver, and to see Leclerc and George Russell fight it out would be great.

‘Now that would be interesting. That could be a deal in heaven. I know Leclerc quite well as a person and he’s magnificent, but so is Hamilton, so who is to say it would be any different.

I’m sure everyone in F1 would love to see a swap between Hamilton and Leclerc, that would be mouth-watering. When I dream of Hamilton going to Ferrari, it is just a thought because he has won seven world championship titles with Mercedes so he might want to stay.

‘Then again, all the great drivers would feel the pull of a great team like Ferrari, that’s where I think Hamilton should end up.’

The 2023 F1 season continues with the Australian Grand Prix on 2nd April.

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