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Former Mercedes is ‘gardening’ Time; Set to Join Ferrari’s 2026 Project

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“Scuderia Ferrari is pleased to announce that Lewis Hamilton will be joining the team in 2025, on a multi-year contract,” the Italian team said in a statement. team lost the seven-time world champion, adding concerns as another pivotal team member departed leaving everyone in confusion.

Recently, ‘Junaid #JB17′ shared a post on X making things clear why the French engineer left Mercedes and his upcoming plans. He wrote, ‘

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“Loic Serra left his place at Mercedes a couple of weeks ago and began the gardening period, waiting to join Ferrari at the end of the year, when the period of downtime will be over and he will be….”
Loic Serra, the former Performance Director at Mercedes, has left the team and is now in his gardening period. He’s preparing to join Scuderia Ferrari at the end of the season. Interestingly, this move aligns with Lewis Hamilton’s anticipated transition to Ferrari as well.

Mercedes’ F1 Struggles

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8/25/2022 – Sir Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG, Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG, and George Russell, Mercedes-AMG during the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Steve Etherington/Motorsport Images/Sipa USA) France OUT, UK OUT

Mercedes, once the dominant force in Formula 1, has found itself in a challenging position in recent seasons. After a torrid 2022 campaign, the team has made a concerning start to the 2023 F1 season, leaving Lewis Hamilton’s title hopes in doubt.

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However, the 2023 season revealed cracks in the armor. Italian team struggled to compete with reigning champions Red Bull. Hamilton finished fifth in Bahrain, 50 seconds behind Max Verstappen, who dominated the race. The team’s performance left them in a despondent mood, and Hamilton criticized the team for not listening to his views on car design.

Fast forward to 2024, and the team is still grappling with issues. They have yet to score higher than fifth, and a double retirement in Australia has left them 29 points behind third-placed McLaren. The team’s woes continue, and the pressure is mounting.

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Hamilton’s Last Win

The 2021 Saudi Arabian GP was a bright spot for Mercedes. Pitted against a determined Max Verstappen, the scene was set for one of the great grands prix. Although Hamilton won that day, it marked the beginning of a challenging period for the team.

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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