Aside from being quoted within the German workforce’s official press launch on Thursday, the seven-time world champion has opted to stay silent, however as we speak lastly took to social media posting what as soon as once more seemed to be a considerably official assertion.
“It has been a loopy few days which have been stuffed with an entire vary of feelings,” he posted.
“However as you all now know, after an unimaginable 11 years at Mercedes, the time has come for me to begin a brand new chapter in my life and I will probably be becoming a member of Scuderia Ferrari in 2025.
“I really feel extremely lucky, after reaching issues with Mercedes that I may solely have dreamed of as a child, that I now have the possibility to fulfil one other childhood dream. Driving in Ferrari pink.
“Mercedes has been an enormous a part of my life since I used to be 13 years previous, so this resolution has been the toughest I’ve ever needed to make. I am extremely happy with all that we have achieved collectively and I am very grateful for the onerous work and dedication of everybody I’ve labored with through the years and naturally Toto, for his friendship, steerage and management. Collectively now we have received titles, damaged data and change into probably the most profitable Driver-Crew partnership in F1 historical past. And naturally I can’t overlook Niki who was an enormous supporter and who I nonetheless miss daily.
“I need to additionally share my enormous appreciation to the entire of the Mercedes-Benz board and everybody on the firm in Germany and all over the world for supporting me over these 26 years.
“However the time is correct to make a change and tackle a brand new problem. I nonetheless keep in mind the sensation of taking a leap of religion into the unknown once I first joined Mercedes in 2013. I do know some individuals did not perceive it on the time however I used to be proper to make the transfer then and it is the sensation I’ve once more now. I am excited to see what I can convey to this new alternative and what we will do collectively.
“Nevertheless, proper now, I am not excited about 2025. My focus is on the upcoming season and getting again out on observe with Mercedes. I’m extra pushed than ever, I’m fitter and extra focussed than ever and I need to assist Mercedes win as soon as once more. I’m 100% dedicated to the job I must do and decided to finish my partnership with the workforce on a excessive.
“Thanks to all of you who’ve been on this journey with me, you may have all lifted me up as I chase my desires and I hope I can proceed to make you proud. As all the time, sending you my love and constructive power.”