'I wouldn't rule it out' – Lewis Hamilton tipped to make sensational F1 transfer to Mercedes' rivals | The Sun

SIR LEWIS HAMILTON could move to a rival Formula One team at the end of the 2022-23 season, according to Sky Sports presenter Simon Lazenby.

The seven-time world champion is currently enjoying his 10th year with Mercedes.

But it could be his last with the Brackley-based team as his contract expires at the end of the season.

While Mercedes principal Toto Wolff remains optimistic that an extension agreement will be made, F1 expert Lazenby has suggested that Hamilton could decide to seek a new challenge – especially if he fails to compete for the title again this year.

The Sky Sports presenter even hinted that he could switch to Ferrari.

He told Express Sport: "It’s the desire of all drivers to drive for Ferrari.

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"In the past, Lewis has been quoted as saying he would like to drive for Ferrari.

"If Ferrari moves comfortably ahead of Mercedes I wouldn’t rule it out."

Ferrari and Red Bull have dominated F1 for the past year while Mercedes have struggled to get up to speed – literally.

Hamilton, who finished fifth at the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier this month, has grown increasingly frustrated as a result.

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He recently told the BBC: "Last year, I told them the issues that are with the car.

"Like, I've driven so many cars in my life, so I know what a car needs, I know what a car doesn't need.

"And I think it's really about accountability, it's about owning up and saying ‘yeah, you know what, we didn't listen to you, it's not where it needs to be and we've got to work’.

"We've got to look into the balance through the corners, look at all the weak points and just huddle up as a team, that's what we do."

If Hamilton were to make the switch to Ferarri, Charles Leclerc could move the other way.

The Monaco-born driver reportedly wrote to the team's chief executive, John Elkann, last week to request an emergency meeting following his disastrous start to the season.

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