After the announcement that Lewis Hamilton would switch to Ferrari in 2025, there was quite a bit of criticism of Hamilton's choice. According to Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff, this criticism would not have existed if Hamilton had gone to Red Bull.
In the aftermath of the news announcement, Lewis Hamilton announced that he will realize a dream by racing for Ferrari. The high-profile switch to Ferrari should also help Hamilton win that coveted eighth world title in Formula 1, but there will be some criticism about that.
Is it the best choice that the now 39-year-old Lewis Hamilton makes at his age? Hamilton will already be 40 years old when he starts racing for Ferrari and it also looks like further construction will have to be done to get Ferrari back to the top. According to many F1 insiders, that will take several years and does Hamilton still have that time? Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff understands the criticism.
“A driver only has a limited time in Formula 1,” said Toto Wolff according to 'Motorsportweek'. “Lewis is 39. I understand that he wants to make a dream come true.”
Toto Wolff shows understanding for realizing that 'dream', namely racing for Ferrari, but at the same time there is also criticism from the outside world.
“His motivation would have been much clearer if he went to Red Bull,” says Toto Wolff. “They have the best package in the short term.”