By John Smith •
Published: 01 Feb 2024 • 13:06
A possible prediction of the future at the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix
Credit: Mercedes AMG F1
Formula 1 is back in the news for two reasons, firstly because on February 1 it rejected the recent bid from the Andretti racing team to become part of the franchise.
The group is headed by former McLaren driver Michael Andretti and his probably better known father Mario, was 1978 world champion.
They wanted to become the 11th team on the F1 grid but their bid was rejected on the grounds that as they don’t have their own power unit and don’t expect partner General Motors to create one for several years, they are unlikely to be competitive.
On the same day, motor sports and then international press were buzzing with the rumour that Lewis Hamilton could be on the verge of leaving Mercedes to sign for Ferrari.
There has been a well-documented on-off relationship with Ferrari who have been trying to poach Hamilton for years but when he signed a new two-year contract with Mercedes in 2023 it was assumed that he was tied in until at least 2026.
It now transpires that insiders believe that the second year was only covered by an ‘in principle’ option agreement and therefore he could join Mercedes in 2025.
Any decision by Ferrari would see the departure of Carlos Sainz whose contract expires in 2024 and it may just be a coincidence that Ferrari has announced that Spanish beer brand Estrella Galicia, a long time sponsor of Sainz has now moved away.
At the time of writing, no comments have been made by either Ferrari or Mercedes.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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